It could take up to 25 years to eradicate malaria from Africa according to billionaire businessman and co-founder of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates.
Mr Gates stated this in an exclusive interview with The Cable, where he was asked about lessons learnt from the recent eradication of polio, and how the experience can help in the eradication of Malaria from the African continent.
He said: “Moving to malaria which is a very awful disease not just to the kids it kills but many kids whose brains are permanently damaged, the economic effects you have with malaria.
If we don’t have new tools like vaccines or new ways of killing mosquitoes, it would probably take more than 25 years to get rid of malaria. If we get the new tools and they work, we think it can be done in under 20 years. So the malaria field is both trying to keep the number of deaths down, and we have to deal with the resistance that comes up, that the mosquitoes develop.”
Source: Vanguard Newspaper