By Marcos Cueto

Within the mid-1950s, with making plans and investment from the us, Mexico launched into an bold crusade to remove malaria, which used to be frequent and protracted. This new heritage explores the politics of that crusade. Marcos Cueto describes the overseas foundation of this system, its nationwide association in Mexico, its neighborhood implementation through overall healthiness practitioners and employees, and its reception one of the inhabitants. Drawing on files within the usa, Mexico, and Switzerland, he highlights the militant chilly struggle rhetoric of the founders and analyzes the combined reasons of individuals in any respect degrees. Following the tale in the course of the dwindling crusade within the past due Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, Cueto increases questions correct to trendy foreign well-being campaigns opposed to malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis. (May 2008)

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Apparently, the driving force in malaria eradication was new biomedical knowledge framed around urgency. 1 To be effective, insecticide spraying had to be applied thoroughly in two intense annual cycles because DDT would maintain its “residual” power on the walls for six months. Comprehensive spraying was as essential because uneven and mild spraying encouraged some mosquitoes to develop resistance, in which they began to tolerate doses of insecticide that would be lethal to the majority of members of their species.

It was feared that in this dismaying context poor Latin Americans would be tempted by faux communist propaganda. In response, President Eisenhower launched “Operation Pan-America,” which was suggested by Brazilian President Jucelino Kubitschek to promote both democracy and economic growth. In addition, in 1960 Eisenhower visited Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay to build up friendship and stress “collective security” against communism. S. 45 This concern was renewed after the Cuban revolution of 1959 and prompted an intense development program known as the Alliance for Progress.

The department weighed the dimension and nature of technical and economic aid for developing countries as tools to repel Soviet influence. S. S. security was linked to hemispheric security. 28 In the words of an American expert: “A Latin America friendly to the United States can be a source of great strength. . ”29 This concern for regional security also stemmed from the increasing number of Americans living in Latin America after the World War II. 5 million American citizens lived outside the United States.

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