Lessons for Ebola from Malaria’s History

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If the U.S. spent more money on disease prevention and less on vaccines and drugs, everyone in the world would benefit, says Karen Masterson, an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Science Writing Program. Masterson is author of The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government’s Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure (NAL – Penguin), due out in October 2014. In a Time magazine column, Masterson asserts that the success and failures in the world’s efforts to combat malaria have important lessons for today’s Ebola epidemic. To read Masterson’s full column, please click here.

Masterson researched the book while serving as an in-house malaria expert and writing coach at the Stimson Center, a Washington, DC, think tank. She was formerly a national reporter for the Houston Chronicle‘s Washington Bureau, and environmental reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s South Jersey Bureau. She has also written for The (Baltimore) Sun, The Lancet, The Last Word on Nothing, and other blogs and publications. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate science writing courses at Johns Hopkins University.

She has received a Knight journalism fellowship to study malaria at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and in rural Tanzania. She also won a fellowship to study malaria, public health, and the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Other awards include a scholarship and stipend from Rotary International to study human rights, racial politics, and gender in the African context at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has a Master’s of Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in science writing from Johns Hopkins University’s acclaimed Writing Seminars.