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Title:Dashed hopes and missed opportunities: malaria control policies in Kenya (1896-2009)
Authors:Ombongi, Kenneth
Rutten, MarcelISNI
Book title:Markets of well-being: navigating health and healing in Africa
Geographic term:Kenya
health policy
traditional medicine
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/18533
Abstract:This chapter discusses the fight against malaria, in particular attempts that have been made to overcome the disease since the arrival of the British in Kenya in the late 19th century. Early efforts were characterized by a lack of knowledge and funds. Whenever funding was available, the choice as to where anti-malaria programmes were to be implemented was marred by politically, economically and even racially motivated arguments. Specialized traditional medicine was driven underground but seems to have re-established itself nowadays due to urbanization and, until recently, a lack of cheap modern drugs. This is also offering new business opportunities for individuals marketing themselves as herbalists and for (multinational) companies patenting new drugs derived partly from indigenous knowledge. Access to anti-malarials might appear to be in the hands of market forces and the ability to pay determines one's chances of being cured. However, international donors, including those in the private sector, have finally joined the fight in recent years with the delivery of free drugs, impregnated nets and the possibility of a vaccine in the near future. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Book abstract]