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August 12, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(15):1345-1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910500047012

The long range objective of WHO with regard to malaria, according to Paul F. Russell,1 is the worldwide eradication of this disease as a public health problem. The immediate objectives are (1) to prove to governments the economic feasibility of malaria control, (2) to demonstrate the indirect benefits accruing to general public health and welfare and in increased agricultural and industrial production and (3) to assist and encourage governments toward nationwide control and eradication of malaria by well organized, routine application of modern technics. The present policy of WHO includes certain practical health services to governments which request them. Experienced malariologists and/or demonstration malaria control teams are made available to give advice and practical assistance in setting up national antimalaria services and in training local personnel. This help is usually planned for not less than two years in the case of demonstration teams. Governments are required to appoint local