April 25 is World Malaria Day


From the World Health Organization, for World Malaria Day 2012:

World Malaria Day

25 April 2012

In 2010, about 3.3 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655 000 deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable.

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World Malaria Day – which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 – is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It is an opportunity:

  • for countries in the affected regions to learn from each other’s experiences and support each other’s efforts;
  • for new donors to join a global partnership against malaria;
  • for research and academic institutions to flag their scientific advances to both experts and general public; and
  • for international partners, companies and foundations to showcase their efforts and reflect on how to scale up what has worked.

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Fewer than 700,000 deaths?  That’s significantly fewer than most reports of more than a million per year — significant progress has been made it fighting malaria.  Keep up those efforts, whatever they are.

Watch your news outlets.  Will the pro-DDT, anti-Rachel Carson hoaxsters hold sway, or will the facts on fighting malaria, from the malaria fighters, get top billing?

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6 Responses to April 25 is World Malaria Day

  1. [...] April 25 is World Malaria Day (timpanogos.wordpress.com) [...]

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks, Ray. You’re right, DDT is expressly allowed under the POPs Treaty — but use is still declining because it is increasingly not useful in areas where mosquitoes are resistant or immune to the stuff. Studies of mosquitoes show that every one on Earth today possesses one and usually more of the alleles that confer resistance and immunity to DDT.

    They also don’t like to acknowledge the fact that malaria death tolls and infection tolls have declined almost in lock step with the decline in DDT use. As DDT use declines, so does malaria.

    So there’s still a great need for malaria education . . .

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  3. Ray C. says:

    Actually the standard right-wing talking point is that there’d be no malaria if we doused the world in DDT, but the environmentalists got it banned (they didn’t) and Rachel Carson is teh evul for it.

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  4. Oh I’m quite sure Morgan and the right wing will be claiming that either malaria is some left wing conspiracy and is a hoax or that we on the left hate malaria and that malaria is just an innocent occurrence. And that to be pro-malaria is to be really pro-America.

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  5. James Hanley says:

    “World Malaria Day.”

    I’m not sure I want to participate…. ;)

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