It gives me great pleasure to join with the Director of the El Salvador Malaria Eradication Program and the Director of the Pan American Health Organization in welcoming you to this symposium on research needs in malaria.
I think it is significant that we are meeting to discuss research needs for malaria control and eradication. This indicates that we have come to recognize that we need more knowledge before we can achieve our goals of control and eradication. We recognize that we can no longer place reliance on insecticides and blame any failures on inadequate program operations or insecticide resistance. We now must, once again, redevelop the scientific techniques of malariology and approach the problems of malaria as malariologists and not as spraymen.
I think it is also important that His Excellency, the President of El Salvador, is represented here at the beginning of this meeting, for we in the field of malaria control have a real responsibility to explain the changing concepts of malaria control to our political leaders as well as to health personnel.