A new guide for policy-makers and practitioners makes a clear case for re-structuring the way countries address malaria. Around the world, malaria is associated with poor socio-economic development, marginalization and exploitation. These factors have dimensions that extend well beyond the health sector, calling for a multisectoral response. Bed nets and better medicine are essential for countering malaria, but they alone are not enough. Europe, North America, and more recently countries such as Iran and Sri Lanka, eliminated or are eliminating endemic malaria by acting on broader socio-economic determinants – improving living conditions, promoting smarter agricultural practices, advancing gender equality, improving education, protecting the environment and addressing barriers to accessing health services.
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