That's because treating malaria isn't cheap. A potential malaria vaccine is always "just around the corner," says Thuma, but developing it is costly. Insecticide-treated bed nets have to be replaced every three years, and antimalarial drugs need to be produced, distributed, and taken regularly.
He attributes his clinic's success to a strategy of screening and treating asymptomatic carriers of the disease, preventing its spread, but he says malaria will be around for the forseeable future. "We all know Bill Gates has used the 'eradication' word," he says. "Those of us working in the field see that as a long-term goal, but not that practical in the short term."