Letter: Climate change clouds SA's plans to eradicate malaria

Mail & Guardian | April 15, 2014

Sarah Wild states "South Africa plans to eradicate malaria inside its borders by 2018, but the changing climate may be one of its greatest obstacles" (Climate change clouds SA's plans to eradicate malaria, April 10 2014). Claims that climate change will increase the spread of malaria are not new and have been made countless times. Repeatedly making the claim, however, does not make it true. There is ample evidence in the peer reviewed scientific literature to refute the simplistic idea that climate change leads to more malaria.

Oxford University scientists Simon Hay and Peter Gething compiled data on the incidence of malaria in 1900 and 2007 and found that despite rising temperatures during the twentieth century, malaria has lost ground. Renowned expert on insect borne diseases Professor Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute has also exposed serious deficits in the thinking behind climate change and the spread of insect borne diseases.
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Articles

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News

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Research & Policies

Early malaria resurgence in pre-elimination areas in Kokap Subdistrict, Kulon Progo, Indonesia

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Plasmodium falciparum clearance in clinical studies of artesunate-amodiaquine and comparator treatments in sub-Saharan Africa, 1999-2009

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