Waylaid Dialectic

February 3, 2013

Bad news for Malaria…

Filed under: Random Musings — terence @ 6:05 am

Roving bandit notes that Rwanda has had significant reductions in Malaria. Intriguingly, this story appears to be true in a range of countries. In Solomons, where state capacity is very weak and which is a very hard place to get large scale aid programmes working, not only are the official stats showing a Malaria decline but when we visited the provinces a frequently recurring comment most everywhere was that “there was hardly any Malaria round here any more.” (Not that I’d usually suggest that my own perceptions were a substitute for good data, but data in Sols are patchy enough that I start taking them more seriously when they point in the same direction as the word on the street).

As far as I know no one has thought to study this in Solomons (why the reduction, why the aid/government programme is working rather than the usual). Were I not up to my eyeballs in election data and trying to finish a PhD this is one of the first things I’d like to investigate. In a place where not much works success is bound to be illuminating.


[Update: looks relevant – some old World Bank research on what lead to declining Malaria rates in Solomons in the 1990s here.]



  1. http://www.profilecom.com.au/ram.html

    Anecdotally from interested actors involved in it….a coalition approach, bednets featuring prominently, and leadership from within Rotary and the VBDCP (gotta be the best acronym in the Solomons) – Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.

    Comment by proughaniki — April 7, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

  2. Thanks Paul. I reckon it would definitely be an interesting topic for further study. Sad to see Dengue making a come back at present too.

    Comment by terence — April 8, 2013 @ 7:19 am

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