Yesterday’s jammed-packed day at TEDMED has been outstandingly summarized and diarized by Patricia Salber. The recurring thread that I noted throughout a fruitful day of talks was that Moore’s Law, the formula for the exponential growth of computing capacity, was invoked, I counted, at least three times during the day, and has given American medicine a sense of inevitable optimism.
Global maps, in particular those based on vector distributions, have long been used to help visualise the global extent of malaria. Few, however, have been created with the support of a comprehensive and extensive evidence-based approach.
Our global map highlights the spatial variability in the complexity of the vector situation. In Africa, An. gambiae, An. arabiensis and An. funestus are co-dominant across much of the continent, whereas in the Asian-Pacific region there is a highly complex situation with multi-species coexistence and variable species dominance.