From James Whiting
The Queen’s concern that Ebola is overshadowing malaria – one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases – echoes a growing worry from many quarters of the immediate and longer term impact the Ebola crisis will have on malaria (“Queen fears ‘malaria comeback’”, The Telegraph 19 November). Especially given those countries in the heart of the Ebola crisis are some of the world’s most malarious. The fight against malaria in these countries is being seriously compromised. A fight where, because malaria is preventable (with tools such as mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying) and treatable (it can cost as little as £1 to diagnose and treat a child), huge progress has been made. And as Bill Gates recently said in Parliament, with continued global determination, eradication of this quietly deadly disease is possible to envisage by 2040.