Global Malaria Eradication? (Brown Journal of World Affairs, December 2008)

Despite current technologies for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria, complete eradication of the parasite will remain elusive until the global community addresses the predominantly human-made barriers that impede the provision of health services to the most marginalized populations. Drawing from the authors’ successful experience controlling malaria in an area of active conflict in eastern Burma, this article highlights the potential of new technologies, training, and support to empower local communities to control disease and build human resource capacity. The authors follow with a critical examination of the challenges facing cross-border disease programs and explore why malaria eradication efforts will fail unless governments respect the human rights of displaced persons along the Thai-Burma border.