China was declared malaria free today. Congratulations to all who met the challenge and stepped forward to face such a monumental task and reached this milestone!

The obligatory question is why is Africa nowhere close to being malaria free? Take out the Sahara and the Kalahari, however, and their sizes are comparable. Africa is three times bigger than China, but China’s population is about 30% larger.

Having China malaria free while Africa continues to lead the World in malaria cases brings me back to the question I posed in “Perspective,” published the Global Health Community of the Global Business Coalition for Health: When it comes to mosquito control, are we doing the right thing? Are we doing things right?


By Manuel Lluberas

Internationally recognized entomologist with over thirty years of experience on the business architecture, capacity building, and community engagement related to mosquito population management, WASH, and other public health matters obtained in four continents. Skilled in directing and managing time-sensitive projects and preparing and presenting oral and written briefings in English or Spanish to senior country leadership. Expert in setting up and managing time-sensitive disaster preparedness and response projects to protect survivors and relief and reconstruction workers in the wake of emergencies and disasters. Published over thirty, peer-reviewed technical articles on mosquito population management and emergency vector control, wrote a column for Malaria World, contributed to the publication of two WHO’s operational pamphlets, and presented numerous lectures in Spanish and English on these subjects. Awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the American Mosquito Control Association for contributions to public health entomology. Finalist to the Rear Admiral Charles S. Stevenson Award for excellence in US Navy Preventive Medicine. Certified as remote pilot of small, Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS or drone). Spanish to English simultaneous interpreter.

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