The Place to Head Off Malaria – NYTimes.comPosted: March 29, 2012
The Myanmar government, in cooperation with WHO and other partners, has developed a plan to contain artemisinin resistance. But there is little external financial support for this.
Myanmar is undergoing dramatic change. A chorus of international approval has yet to translate into aid, which is still a small fraction of that received by other countries in the region with comparable levels of development. Over the past two decades, Myanmar has been left out of large-scale humanitarian and development aid for political reasons. Aid to contain this emergency is needed, and it is needed urgently.
Delayed intervention risks extension of the epidemic across the tropical world and the threat that even more serious levels of resistance could develop. At that point, the epidemic will be much more difficult and much more expensive to contain.