Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sickening Incompetence:The World Bank needs to clean up its act when it comes to preventing malaria.

Malaria is a scourge in Africa. Many of the students I taught would tell me how many times they would catch it. A huge problem is that many people are mal nourished and in poor health so when they catch malaria it kills them. It can be eradicated, and should by using DDT.

The World Bank is publishing inaccurate data to save face rather than face up to its failure to control malaria. Worse still, it is promoting ineffective treatments in India, resulting in the death of an unknown number of children. The Bank is incapable of disease control work and it should leave the field to more competent agencies.

In the 20th century, malaria all but vanished from the developed world. Chloroquine and DDT helped eradicate the disease in North America and Europe, and brought it to a nadir worldwide. In Africa and parts of South Asia and South America, however, the effort was thwarted by lack of basic infrastructure. Today, sub-Saharan Africa is home to 90 percent of reported cases. Read More.

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