Friday, February 10, 2012

Africa Fighting Malaria: World Malaria Day

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World Malaria Day - Just another PR swat at malaria? 17 Apr 2008
April 25 has this year been declared World Malaria Day. Since 2001, April 25 has been observed as Africa Malaria Day, commemorating the signing of the historic Abuja Declaration by 44 African malaria-endemic countries at the African Malaria Summit held in 2000….. Despite all efforts, malaria continues to be a serious public health concern throughout the world. It affects over 100 countries and approximately 40 per cent of the world's population. It causes between 300 and 500 million infections and approximately 1 million deaths each year, most of which occur in the poorest region of the world, sub-Saharan Africa. It is estimated that malaria claims a child's life every thirty seconds and the ones who survive an episode of severe malaria are likely to suffer from learning impairment or brain damage. Pregnant women and their unborn children are also particularly vulnerable to malaria, which is a major cause of stillbirths, low birth weight and maternal anaemia.

My Take - The reality is that there isn’t a family in these regions who haven’t lost a family member to malaria. We need to get this. If this was happening in America the EPA would be defunded, disbanded and there would be demands that the first director, who made the decision to ban DDT, along with his lackeys who made it happen, be tried for murder.

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