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Eradication goal splits malaria community

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Science  30 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6456, pp. 847-848
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6456.847

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On 22 April, a World Health Organization (WHO) panel issued the executive summary of a report saying malaria eradication isn't feasible for the foreseeable future, and that setting any concrete eradication deadline will undermine efforts to control the disease, as it did when WHO first resolved to end malaria in the 1950s. A second high-caliber group disagrees. On 9 September, the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication will publish a study recommending that the world set 2050 as the target for global eradication, several scientists tell Science. The debate is about more than just the usefulness of bold goals in global health; a focus on eradication can also skew researchers' and funders' priorities, some scientists say.

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