Salim Abdulla

Salim Abdulla

Country: Tanzania, born: 1964
Present occupation: Director of the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania
Field of research: Clinical Epidemiology

Supported project: Malaria Control Strategies in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania (2000)

"Science, for me, means the search for pragmatic solutions to social problems. Particularly in malaria research, new tools have been developed which may be the key to reducing the burden of disease in Africa and elsewhere."

 

Malaria cannot be contained by a single "magic bullet" solution. A series of strategies are needed, which complement each other. Supported by the R. Geigy-Foundation, Salim Abdulla has analysed different malaria control strategies in Tanzania and proposed changes to the health policy of the East African country. One of his propositions was to replace Chloroquine treatment with the combination therapy, Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine, because of the resistance that had developed against the former. A second proposition of his was to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to every Tanzanian.