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Photo of David le Sueur DAVID LE SUEUR

David le Sueur is a physician and Senior Specialist Scientist with the National Malaria Research Programme at the University of Natal's Medical School in South Africa. Because controlling malaria involves spraying the interiors of millions of structures with insecticide, le Sueur's lab raises mosquitos and tests the effectiveness of insecticides on a variety of building materials found in South African.

Deacon was a British Council Scholar at the University of London and received his PhD from the University of Cape Town in 1974. As well as teaching archaeology at the University of Stellenbosch, he has been a Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley (1986); a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University, Canberra (1984); and a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (1978)

le Sueur has also been instrumental in creating a detailed portrait of this rural area of South Africa using a satellite GSP system and the efforts of local health workers who have mapped the coordinates of every house they visit. This detailed information, originally compiled to determine the concentration of malaria in the area, will be vital to the new government of South Africa as they bring in electricity and other services to the people living in remote areas.

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