I jumped in a cold shower to wake up a bit and then, as I stepped out, I caught a glimpse of the Allen Ginsberg tattoo on my leg: Reclaimawareness. Of course poetry can help end malaria. I thought of the time I spent with Lucille Clifton http://obatsakitdbd.blogspot.com , about her work against racism and for womens empowerment. I thought of Thai poet Mainueng K. Kunthee, about his courage to write the fight for freedom of expression (note: Mainueng was murdered in April of this year). I thought of Ginsberg, in particular about the way September On Jessore Road drew thousands of eyes to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
Ebola outbreak shuts down malaria-control efforts : Nature News & Comment
Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Some Ebola control measures are causing local people to fear health-care workers. As the Ebola death toll spirals into the thousands in West Africa, the outbreak could have a spillover effect on the regions deadliest disease. The outbreak has virtually shut down malaria control efforts in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, raising fears that cases of the mosquito-borne illness may start rising if they havent already. Chinese science gets mass transformation So far, at least 3,000 people are estimated to have died of Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the current outbreak, although World Health Organization (WHO) staff acknowledge that official figures vastly underestimate the total. By contrast, malaria killed more than 6,300people in those countries in 2012, most of them young children.
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Yet, despite their best efforts too many babies and young children across Tanzania die each year from malaria. In fact a child dies every sixty seconds from this deadly disease. But all a mom needs to fully protect her baby is a simple insecticide-treated bed net. A child who sleeps under a bed net from birth onward could grow up never knowing the pain and suffering that malaria brings. This is why everyone in a community smiles big on the day when life-saving bed nets, provided by Nothing But Nets supporters, arrive.
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This reduces malaria across a community. Bed nets can reduce malaria transmissionby 90 percent in areas with high bed net coverage rates. Thanks to bed nets and other tools, malaria deaths in Africa have dropped by one third in the past decade. Nothing But Nets and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have helped move malaria from the leading killer of refugees in camps in Africa to the number five cause of death.
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But one insecticide-treated net can keep a family safe. Learn More>> Where We Work From Mali to Mozambique, we work alongside our UN partners to ensure your net travels from factory to the community, to a family’s home. Where We Work>> Changing Lives Malaria kills. Nets save lives.