Malaria and the importance of people:

Nearly half of the world's population lives in areas which are malarious or in which there is a distinct risk of malaria transmission. Advances against malaria continue to made despite limited resources. Whatever biomedical advances are made against malaria they will become meaningful only when they can be applied in the field on a large scale. The complex of human factors, partially exemplified in this paper, will be crucial in such application being successful. It would be unfortunate if more becomes known of the biomedical aspects of malaria without a fuller complementary understanding of the human contexts in which the disease occurs and in which biomedical advances have to be applied.