This was originally published on Global Health TV on January 13, 2017.
We have much to celebrate with the news contained in the World Malaria Report 2016, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last month. WHO estimated that a cumulative 1.3 billion fewer malaria cases and 6.8 million fewer malaria deaths occurred between 2001 and 2015 than would have occurred had incidence and mortality remained the same. About 97% of those deaths averted were for children under five years.
- Differential diagnosis (the distinguishing of a particular disease from others that present similar symptoms) is critical to the rational use of resources.
- The role of community health workers will necessarily transition towards NCDs but we need to be careful about overloading them.
- Though common principles can be applied, tailoring is critical. “One size fits all” will create inequality.