MALNUTRITION, MALARIA AND THE MYCOBACTERIUM
As the Wheel of Fortune revolves, the diseases we thought we had relegated to history are returning to us. In our developed world we have eliminated abject poverty. We thought we had eliminated the diseases of poverty. But in the less-than-a-dollar-a-day world, poverty persists.
Poverty leads to malnutrition. The malnourished body is the ideal home for Malaria. World Bank figures show three billion persons live in areas where malaria is endemic.
Each year, malaria infects 250 million persons. And uses up 40% of the African health budget. And causes nine percent of all deaths in sub-Sahara Africa
The malnourished body is the ideal home for Tuberculosis. One third of the population of the world is infected with tuberculosis. Every fifteen seconds a death is caused by tuberculosis.
Insufficient money and insufficient food leave the victims unable to fight off disease. And they are too poor to buy the medication to cure it. The cheap and easy treatments for these diseases are no longer effective. We travel in the developing world, and we catch the diseases that prevail. When we return to our homes, the available treatments may not be effective. The hungry poor migrate from their part of the world to ours. They bring their diseases with them. We must have effective cures for these diseases when they revisit us.
In this blog I record the efforts made around the world to relieve the burden of poverty, malaria and tuberculosis, the diseases of poverty.
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