All that, and the World Health Assembly 68 is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Among top items on the agenda of the world’s top public health experts: What are the next steps in fighting malaria?
Malaria No More produced this short video in time for World Malaria Day, April 25, 2015 — but I just saw it this week. It depicts the Ochieng family in Kenya, and the effects of malaria, and beating malaria, have on the family:
One Billion Nets to Africa
Meet the Ochieng family. They are one of the families that received the #OneBillionNets to Africa and is now protected from malaria-transmitting mosquitoes because of this unprecedented global effort. See more at 1BillionNets.org
This film caught my interest on a personal scale. One of my great students at Molina High School in Dallas was a Kenyan immigrant, named Ochieng. Can’t help but wonder if there is a relation.
Bednets, and a concentrated, international campaign to prevent mosquito bites and cure infected humans of the disease, have cut malaria deaths from just over 1 million per year in 2000, to fewer than 600,000 per year in 2014. This progress produces hope again that malaria can be beaten, though there are many more hurdles blocking the path.
You may have noted: The malaria fighters at Malaria No More make no plea for more DDT, nor do they claim any handicap from the U.S. having banned the use of DDT on agricultural crops in the U.S. In saving lives, disease fighters don’t have time to deal with destructive hoaxes.
Tip of the old scrub brush to PMI, the President’s Malaria Initiative: