28 JULY 2018 #48 CAN MALARIA BE CONQUERED?

PARAGUAY HAS ELIMINATED MALARIA.  The World Health Organization confirmed it in early July. Argentina may be declared malaria-free later this year.

You can get malaria from the bite of an infected mosquito – and you will feel awful.

I should know. When I was 6 years old (in Burma with my missionary parents) I had malaria. It was like having terrible case of flu with aches and shaking chills. Malaria is life threatening if not treated.

Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria The World Health Organization states that In 2015 there were roughly 212 million cases with an estimated 429,000 deaths. The malaria belt circles the world, encompassing about 100 countries, mostly in the tropical or subtropical areas of the Americas, Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.

How can a country eliminate malaria? It takes political will to devote the needed resources. Insecticide-impregnated bed nets must be widely distributed, mosquito populations controlled, and treatment made available.

The photo of the child under a mosquito net is from NOTHING BUT NETS, a grassroots campaign sponsored by the United Nations Foundation devoted to stamping out malaria around the world. They have helped to deliver 12 million bed nets to families in need and also fund other crucial interventions like diagnostics, treatment, and training healthcare workers. You can read about Nothing But Nets at their website and make a donation.

Now that polio has been eliminated in almost every country (last year only 17 cases were reported worldwide) we must fight even more fiercely to conquer malaria.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
20 July 2018

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