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The Malaria Journal Debates

We are excited to launch a new debate series in Malaria Journal focused on some of the big questions facing malaria programme managers today.  We invited opinion leaders to make the case either “For” or “Against” three contentious topics in malaria. These include whether or not there should be a World Health Assembly resolution to eliminate malaria, whether mass drug administration has a role in malaria elimination, and whether triple antimalarial combination treatments should be introduced now to delay the emergence of resistance with the consequent threat to public health, given the absence of new antimalarial drug classes close to registration.

We hope you find this series thought-provoking and encourage you to participate by writing comments (the commenting tool is at the end of each article) or taking part in the Twitter votes accompanying the series.

Guest Editor: Elizabeth Ashley

Debate: Should there be a World Health Assembly Resolution for Malaria Eradication?

© Credit: Patrick GrubanThe question being addressed in the third and final debate of the series is “Should there be a World Health Assembly Resolution for Malaria Eradication?” We asked Professor Oumar Gaye, a leading malariologist from Universite Cheikh Anta Diop Faculte de Medecine de Pharmacie et d'Odontologie, Dakar, Senegal, and Professor T Jacob John from the Christian Medical College and Hospital Vellore, India, renowned scientist and clinician, and veteran of the polio eradication campaign, to argue for and against this pressing question that has been in the news recently following publication of  the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication report and the Executive Summary of the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Malaria Eradication.

Debate: Triple artemisinin-containing combination anti-malarial treatments should be implemented now to delay the emergence of resistance

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Triple artemisinin-containing combination anti-malarial treatments should be implemented now to delay the emergence of resistance - Nicholas White argues for the implementation of triple artemisinin-containing combination anti-malarial treatments in order to delay the emergence of anti-malarial resistance.

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Triple artemisinin-containing combination anti-malarial treatments should be implemented now to delay the emergence of resistance: the case against - Sanjeev Krishna argues against implementing triple artemisinin-containing combination treatments as a solution to delaying the emergence of anti-malarial resistance.

Debate: Mass drug administration should be implemented as a tool to accelerate elimination

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Mass drug administration can be a valuable addition to the malaria elimination toolbox - Thomas Eisele argues for mass drug administration  as a valuable tool in malaria elimination

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Mass drug administration should be implemented as a tool to accelerate elimination: against - Kamini Mendis argues that mass drug administration has not accelerated elimination and explains why.