MALARIA

Posted on January 18, 2010

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I’ll start with a quote:

“3-01-10: Thank you Chris and Charity for your charming guest house and warm hospitality. Four Villages has been a wonderful place for us to launch our trip North and then to recover and clean-up from our trip North. We will definitely visit again and tell our friends and colleagues about Four Villages.”

“Colleagues” refers to fellow USAID personnel-one evening, all of our guests were relaxing in our specious living room when we learn t about malaria campaigns funded by the U.S. government. “It is hard to get people to change their behavior, to use treated bed nets. What is having an impact is people learning that malaria can affect the brain development of their children.”

We also learned that the most harmful bites occur in the early hours of the morning….Living here over the years we aren’t on prophylactics. It’s all preventative strategies which we recommend to all travelers whether you are taking pills or not-wear socks and long pants/trousers at night, use insect repellent, spray your room a couple of hours before retirng. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.

The following is culled from the latest Mbendi Newsletter column “The World After 2020” see blog roll to the right.

“Malaria, which the WHO estimates infected more than 240 million people in 2008 and killed an estimated 863,000, mostly in Africa, is the one developing world health hazard where some progress has been reported. Last month, the WHO reported that malaria cases had been reduced by more than 50% in each of Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zanzibar. Funding commitments for malaria programmes increased from US$ 730 million in 2006 to US$ 1.7 billion in 2009, but are still far from the estimated US$ 5 billion needed per year to ensure that existing malaria interventions have maximum impact. Another positive, last year US medical researchers announced they had designed a new kind of malaria drug that kills the parasite that causes the disease and keeps it from becoming resistant to the drug.”

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