I remember packing away my malaria pills before the big trip. But if you had asked me back then what this disease looked like, I couldn’t tell you. That’s because it doesn’t really exist where I’m from: the United States of America. So why is it that when I am traveling to a third-world nation, I am required to ingest these infection-resilient tablets? Likely because in the DRC, it spreads as if it is incurable.
“Sub-Saharan Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 89% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths.” – According to the World Health Organization.
So is it medical? Economic? The issue is rooted in the problems global health will and already face.
Take out 15 minutes – learn something new today. Watch journalist, Sonia Shah, shed light on the disparity in infectious diseases between regions of our world.
Why you should listen “Aided by economics, culture, its own resilience and that of the insect that carries it (the mosquito), the malaria parasite has determined for thousands of years the health and course not only of human lives, but also of whole civilizations. In her book The Fever, author Sonia Shah outlines the epic and devastating history of malaria and shows how it still infects 500 million people every year, and kills half a million, in a context where economic inequality collides with science and biology.”
We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to eradicating it.