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Parassitologia. 1998 Jun;40(1-2):217-29.

'No other logical choice': global malaria eradication and the politics of international health in the post-war era.

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Department of History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


In 1955 the Eighth World Health Assembly voted to initiate a program for the global eradication of malaria. The global eradication of malaria represented a remarkable leap of faith. Many health authorities, both within and outside the Assembly, viewed eradication as at best fool hardy, and at worst, potentially disastrous. To understand why the World Health Assembly went ahead with a Global Eradication strategy, despite these concerns, it is necessary to examine the politics of international health and development in the post-war era. This political context shaped decisions about the adoption of DDT as a primary tool in the fight against malaria, as well as the adoption of the Malaria Eradication Program. It is equally important to understand how the advocates of an eradication strategy shaped arguments and developed support for their cause in the years leading up to the Eighth World Health Assembly meeting.

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