Malaysia & the fight against Malaria

Sir Malcolm Watson (Image courtesy of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Archives)

Sir Malcolm Watson (Image courtesy of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Archives)

Today (26.10.2013) the Queen’s Baton is passed on to Malaysia – and the International Story passes its ‘baton’ to Sir Malcolm Watson. An early anti-malarial pioneer, Watson was the pioneer of malarial control in Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia), making Malaysia’s anti-malaria programme one of the world’s oldest.

Watson graduated MB CM in 1895 and joined the Malayan Medical Service in 1900, submitting his MD thesis on The effect of drainage on malaria in 1903.

He went on to publish The Prevention of Malaria in the Federated Malay States; a record of twenty years’ progress (1921), and was the Principal of the Department of Malaria Control at the Ross Institute and Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. Watson was knighted in 1924 for his services in Malaya.

Watson formed part of a World Malaria Day exhibition by the University of Glasgow Library – see the online exhibition at their flickr site.

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