Academic journal article The International Journal of African Historical Studies

The Long Struggle against Malaria in Tropical Africa

Academic journal article The International Journal of African Historical Studies

The Long Struggle against Malaria in Tropical Africa

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The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa. By James Webb. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. 219. $90.00.

Malaria is of course one of the biggest public health problems in many African countries, and it is also notoriously hard to control. James Webb's new book documents many attempts to try, with a commanding knowledge of both the historical and scientific issues. He also handles the technical aspects of his story in a lucid way that will be accessible to readers who are not knowledgeable about them.

Webb shows that the technical challenges of malaria control have been aggravated by the fitfulness of the attempts. Colonial policies, as we know from many other medical initiatives, were often targeted towards the health of Europeans, or reducing African morbidity for the specific purposes of a work site. After World War II, there were a number of more ambitious efforts. The limited reach of late colonial and early postcolonial states, though, often compromised the effectiveness of these efforts. The efforts were also directed by foreign malariologists who had little understanding or eagerness to grasp African conceptions of the disease. …

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