It is World Malaria Day and I am here to share my thoughts on the issue of malaria.
First let me deal with the title of this blog. Malaria affects 50 of the 53 African countries but it often doesn’t make the sort of headlines that for instance HIV and AIDS does and as such some activists have reached the conclusion that this is because MALARIA ISN’T SEXY!
What on earth do they mean?
My favourite quote is ” if you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito”
This is a photo of me taken in Uganda in 2008 the day after I had been bitten by a mosquito. If you take a close look of the right hand side of my forehead you will notice a swelling caused by the mosquito. A small almost invisible flying insect
But I was lucky, I got away with just a swelling and discomfort for a few days, why? I had anti-malaria drugs that I started to take before I went out to Uganda and this meant that I did not contract malaria.
This however isn’t the case for millions in the developing world that have to sleep with mosquitoes everyday with dire consequences. The question is are we doing enough to end the suffering for millions of people worldwide.
Malaria has a direct impact on the economic out put of people in malaria infected areas so as well as campaigns like MAKE POVERTY HISTORY, we should focus our attention on the eradication of malaria. If people in the developing regions cannot go to work because they are infected with malaria, they are likely to go hungry, will not be able to pay for the drugs required to rid their bodies of malaria and this makes them more and more dependent on AID.
As you can see in this CNN video there are some practical things that can be done as dealing with open sewers. These are more common in city slums.
If we agree that malaria has a direct impact on poverty should anti-malaria drugs be free? I would also call for more educational programmes that would help people have a clearer understanding of what they can do to protect themselves against malaria.
What are your thoughts? Are you doing anything to help fight malaria? If so let’s hear it