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Disease, Colonialism, and the StateMalaria in Modern East Asian History$
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Ka-che YIP

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622095878

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622095878.001.0001

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Malaria Eradication and the Technological Model:1

Malaria Eradication and the Technological Model:1

The Rockefeller Foundation and Public Health in East Asia

(p.71) 6 Malaria Eradication and the Technological Model:1
Disease, Colonialism, and the State

Darwin H. Stapleton

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter reviews the founding and history of the Rockefeller organizations that played a role in the development of public health in East Asia, and examines the Foundation's work in particular areas. It notes that malaria in twentieth century East Asia has had much the same career as elsewhere on the planet: it has been studied, attacked, partially mastered, but never overcome. It further notes that for about one-third of the century (approximately 1920–1955) the Rockefeller philanthropies grappled with malaria in endemic areas (the major exceptions being the Soviet Union and Africa) and had their successes, possibly more successes than most other institutions and organizations. It adds that the Rockefeller anti-malaria workers made strategic choices and engaged with important problems that bear consideration not only for better understanding the continuing fight against malaria in East Asia, but also for better understanding the globalization of public health.

Keywords:   Rockefeller organizations, public health, East Asia, malaria, Rockefeller philanthropies, Soviet Union, Africa, globalization

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