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Jakarta Post

End of malaria in sight

  • Jonathan Tahir and Patrik Silborn

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  01:06 am

This week marks World Mosquito Day. Why have a special day for the mosquito you may ask? It commemorates Sir Ronald Ross’ discovery in 1897 that female mosquitos transmit malaria between humans. It’s also a day to recall that the mosquito is still the animal that kills the most humans. No other animal comes even close. Malaria may have killed the most people in history. More than any other disease. More than all wars combined. And more than every natural disaster. It used to wreak havoc here too. Just a few years ago, malaria was endemic everywhere in Indonesia. On every island and in every city and village. But something astonishing has happened. In the last 10 years, malaria cases in Indonesia have dropped by almost half and the number of deaths attributed to the disease has plummeted. Today, over 70 percent of people in Indonesia live in areas that have been certified as free from...