Friday, April 25, 2008

Today is World Malaria Day; No Gifts For Those Damned Mosquitoes

"...malaria is largely preventable, detectable, and treatable."
"Every year, malaria kills nearly two million people and infects 400 to 500 million, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)"
"Plasmodium falciparum has become drug resistant to chloroquine, the drug of choice against malaria earlier."
April 25 is World Malaria Day.

Also see Malaria Site's section on malaria in India and this news report in the Times of India.

I support Doctors Without Borders.


Rahul Siddharthan said...

Here's something that puzzles me: in every other country in the world that I can think of -- including India and the UK -- the organisation you mention is called "Médecins Sans Frontières". (Even if you don't know French, all three words are easily comprehensible to an English-speaker.) Why a different name in the US? Because of the anti-Frenchism there?

Back on topic -- yes, it's a serious problem. DDT helps, a lot, but the US first sprayed tonnes of it on their fields from crop-dusters, then became alarmed at the consequences, and now armtwists every country to ban its use in even miniscule quantities. (That now seems to be changing, thankfully.)

km said...

Good question. Personally, I find the English translation of their name a bit easier to process (mentally) when browsing the web. When going over dozens and dozens of blogposts, RSS feed everyday, I think we tend to ignore words and links that don't seem familiar. My $0.02, of course :)

Oh, Rachel Carson, look what you did.

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