"I remember when far as I could see were trees. From this hill all you saw was jungle".
As industrialization and population growth increase each year, global environmental change is expected to have a profound effect on the transmission of the malaria parasite. Current trends have shown that deforestation leads to a decrease in malaria infection rates in parts of South-East Asia, where the main vector mosquitoes live in the forest. In some parts of South America, malaria has been a problem for those involved in deforestation.
Specific environmental conditions determine how human activity impacts the spread of malaria in each area. What is clear is that those hoping to eradicate malaria must be vigilant and aware of how broader environmental policies affect the spread of this disease, both locally and globally.