Imagine a country that is malaria prone, but that begins to work toward the elimination of breeding grounds for mosquitoes, to establishing joint ventures with herbicide producing companies that produce pyrethrum, to growing chrysanthemums for beautifying the environment and extracting the herbicide, to treating clothes as well as bednets with the natural herbicide for sale in the countries…imagine what a world that would be – a world that creates other types of buzz, than the buzz of the female mosquito searching for food.
The Rockefeller Foundation began using pyrethrum sprays experimentally in India to great
success and this method of malaria control was recognised as enormously valuable. The use
of pyrethrum was then expanded to Assam by Dr. D. K. Viswanathan, the well known Indian malariologist in 1942.
Bednets are extremely important, but they are not sustainable as regards the local communities. But, combined with a chrysanthemum planting movement, they would be…as the locals would be able to create and design their own clothing treated with the herbicide as well as their own bednets…
For every effort there has to be some thought to the sustainability of the effort, to what happens when the source dries up. Let us look back and learn, create a Mums for Malaria Movement to eliminate both poverty and malaria…what a concept!!