Backstory: Cambodia's Fight Against Drug-Resistant Malaria

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In late 2008, researchers found a strain of malaria that was resistant to a drug that held had promise for eliminating malaria in western Cambodia. Matthew Power, a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine, explains why officials are now trying to contain the region – and why that containment strategy is almost impossible to implement. His article, “Slipping Through the Net” is in the April issue of Harper’s.


Matthew Power

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Dan K from WNYC

I did a paper on the sickle-cell to malaria connection in college, so I offer here some clarification:

Carriers of the sickle-cell gene--people who have only one copy of the gene--are resistant (not immune) to falciparum malaria, the most virulent form of malaria. Strangely, falciparum malaria and sickle-cell anemia have similar symptoms: red blood cells become misshapen and sticky, thus forming clots.

Mar. 22 2012 02:03 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Mr. Power said people need to use the DDT-treated bed nets properly, but he didn't say what proper use was. Is it complicated? Do people not get instructed well on how to use them?

Mar. 22 2012 02:00 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Please! Guest, get your speech together, it's hard to listen to you!

Mar. 22 2012 01:48 PM

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