IT WOULD be tough to find a location more hospitable to the spread of malaria than Papua New Guinea.
“This country has very, very difficult geography, with little infrastructure,” said Tim Freeman, a logistician for Rotarians Against Malaria.
At 61, Freeman has spent more than half of his life fighting malaria. He is the kind of guy you want nearby if your car gets stuck in the mud, which he has seen happen a lot while overseeing the distribution of more than five million insecticide-treated mosquito nets in PNG.
Even now, many villages have no roads and the delivery of nets can require an airplane, helicopter, boat, truck and days of walking – often in the rain.