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Malaria is today a disease of poverty and underdeveloped countries. In Africa, mortality remains high because there is limited access to treatment in the villages. We should follow in Pasteur's footsteps by using basic research to develop better tools for the control and cure of malaria. Insight into the complexity of malaria pathogenesis is vital for understanding the disease and will provide a major step towards controlling it. Those of us who work on pathogenesis must widen our approach and think in terms of new tools such as vaccines to reduce disease. The inability of many countries to fund expensive campaigns and antimalarial treatment requires these tools to be highly effective and affordable.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/415673a

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nature

Publication Date

07/02/2002

Volume

415

Pages

673 - 679

Keywords

Animals, Endothelium, Vascular, Erythrocytes, Humans, Life Cycle Stages, Malaria, Falciparum, Placenta, Plasmodium falciparum