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Fighting Malaria

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ray Chambers, UN Secretary General's special envoy for malaria, discusses his efforts to fight malaria around the world.

Guests:

Ray Chambers

Comments [18]

James from NYC

Would it be possible to introduce natural predators of the mosquito into the environment, i.e. small minnows and frogs into their breeding grounds, bats, birds along with the netting.

It makes sense to me that part of the reason there is such a huge mosquito population is because we (humans) have depleted there natural enemies. I'm not a huge fan of just spraying our environment with pesticides. It doesn't seem like a long term solution.

I don't understand why there isn't more talk about a natural solution to the mosquito problem.

Jul. 22 2009 11:57 AM
hjs from 11211

miki
try http://www.nothingbutnets.net/

Jul. 22 2009 11:54 AM
Niki

I thought I heard www.nothingbutnets.com mentioned as a palce to go to help at the end of this discussion...but it doesn't work. Anyone have the website?

Jul. 22 2009 11:49 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Part IV - GEORGE W. BUSH REMAINS AN AMERICAN HERO IN AFRICA by ZARINA FAZALDIN TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST - Published: January 25, 2009

Today, President Bush and the U. S. enjoy an 80 percent approval rating in Africa -- including countries with a large Muslim population. Africa will remain a positive accomplishment of his administration. While some may not give President Bush full recognition, Africans throughout the world will long remember him and tell many success stories about George and Laura Bush's extraordinary humanitarian legacy in Africa.

Zarina Fazaldin is a local real estate developer. Contact her at (804) 310-5051 or landzhistoric@msn.com. Richmond Times-Dispatch ©2009 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General company. (c) 2009 All Rights Reserved

Jul. 22 2009 11:44 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Part III - GEORGE W. BUSH REMAINS AN AMERICAN HERO IN AFRICA by ZARINA FAZALDIN TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST - Published: January 25, 2009 -- In 1977 as a child on a crowded street in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, I was among thousands of people cheering on a hot day as Fidel Castro's motorcade passed. Now as a U. S. citizen who supports democratic principles, I watched and cheered President Bush's visit last year to several African countries, including now democratic Tanzania, as thousands of people lined the streets cheering, singing, dancing, waving American flags, throwing flowers in his path, and some hugging him with excitement.
Even though millions of people watched President Bush's visit to Africa on television, few were aware of the significance and substance of the trip. The media seemed more interested in the festive events and the president's dancing and joking than in the thousands of lives saved due to his novel humanitarian approach that has benefited African nations.
The Bush administration also played various other humanitarian roles and was a mediator that saved hundreds of thousands of lives in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Sudan. Thus, it is no surprise that many newborn boys in Sudan are named "George Bush" and a day has been named George W. Bush Malaria Day in Benin.

Zarina Fazaldin is a local real estate developer. Contact her at (804) 310-5051 or landzhistoric@msn.com. Richmond Times-Dispatch ©2009 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General company. (c) 2009 All Rights Reserved

Jul. 22 2009 11:43 AM
hjs from 11211

Calls'em
now that's true. one for bush 99 against!

Jul. 22 2009 11:43 AM
Ernie from UWS

Is there are difference between elimination and eradication?

Jul. 22 2009 11:42 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Where is this guy coming from, “Al-Qaeda?”
The new evil for all of the world’s problems.
What happen before Al Qudea? Was malaria, poverty,
corrupt local African governments, neo-colonialism by the west, and now China not around?
Did this guy pay the UN for his platform?

Jul. 22 2009 11:41 AM
tim from manhattan

are the mosquitos that carry malaria the same type which carry dengue fever? do they have common solutions?

Jul. 22 2009 11:41 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Part II - GEORGE W. BUSH REMAINS AN AMERICAN HERO IN AFRICA by ZARINA FAZALDIN TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST - Published: January 25, 2009 -- The malaria rate has dropped significantly more than the 50 percent benchmark in each country. For example, in Pemba and Zanzibar, Tanzania, the malaria rate dropped 87 percent -- proving malaria can be controlled.
Since 2001, President Bush has been committed to supporting various causes in Africa. U.S. aid to Africa quadrupled from $1.3 billion to more than $5 billion in 2005 and to almost $9 billion for 2010, representing the largest increase since the Truman administration. The President's Emergency Plan For Aids Relief has touched millions of Africans -- making PEPFAR perhaps one of his greatest humanitarian successes. Today, the United States and the Bill Gates Foundation are the largest contributors toward fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Additionally, the president's Millennium Challenge Corp. identified nine African countries to receive $3.8 billion for infrastructure and agriculture. The president also implemented an African Education Initiative training almost 1 million teachers, providing more than 10 million textbooks, and giving hundreds of thousands of scholarships for girls' education.
President Bush strongly pressed the nations being assisted to address the scourge of government corruption, asserting that Americans "expect countries that we help to fight corruption and to govern justly. There is nothing more pitiful than to have people's hopes robbed by corrupt government officials."

Zarina Fazaldin is a local real estate developer. Contact her at (804) 310-5051 or landzhistoric@msn.com. Richmond Times-Dispatch ©2009 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General company. (c) 2009 All Rights Reserved

Jul. 22 2009 11:40 AM
hjs from 11211

and then we would also have to feed those people who lived

Jul. 22 2009 11:39 AM
Ebun from Fort greene

Brian ask your guest what is being done about educating the people about the proper use of the nets, bed nets are great but in macho sub sharan cultures, the father gets to sleep under the net not the children, it's a respect thing

Jul. 22 2009 11:39 AM
Edward from NJ

Does malaria require humans as part of it's life cycle or can other animals act as hosts?

Jul. 22 2009 11:38 AM
Jason from Brooklyn

I am from Guyana, and one issue that needs to be addresssed is the frequent flooding along the coast which results in standing water where the mosquitoes breed.

Jul. 22 2009 11:38 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Part I - GEORGE W. BUSH REMAINS AN AMERICAN HERO IN AFRICA by ZARINA FAZALDIN TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST - Published: January 25, 2009 "Somewhere in Africa, a mother loses her baby to malaria every 30 seconds and the suffering caused by malaria is unacceptable." -- George W. Bush Arusha, Tanzania, February 2008 Former President George W. Bush's extraordinary leadership and commitment to the fight against devastating diseases and poverty in Africa have benefited and will continue to benefit the continent for years.
I am Kenyan-born and was raised in Tanzania, which is -- with a population of about 35 million -- the thirdlargest country in the world at risk of malaria. Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, is the leading cause of death in Africa, killing almost 1 million people a year. Tanzania has 18 million cases of malaria and more than 100,000 deaths yearly -- mostly children and pregnant women -- meaning every five minutes a person dies from this preventable disease that can be treated at a cost of $10.
Despite the depressing reality of this forgotten disease, today Tanzania and other African nations can be optimistic that malaria can be controlled and may be virtually eliminated due to President Bush's humanitarian initiative.
In 2005, Bush created the President's Malaria Initiative, committing $1.2 billion, which started with Tanzania, Uganda, and Angola, and then targeted eight additional African countries. As a malaria survivor with family, classmates, and neighbors who died of malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and Kenya, I am especially thankful for the president's aggressive humanitarian program that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

Zarina Fazaldin is a local real estate developer. Contact her at (804) 310-5051 or landzhistoric@msn.com. Richmond Times-Dispatch ©2009 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General company. (c) 2009 All Rights Reserved

Jul. 22 2009 11:38 AM
em-brooklyn

Funny you have this on the air after asking for questions for Obama tonite.
I am traveling to china in a month
just yesterday i got my malaria vaccine and even with my insurance paying about 30% I paid $180
so if did not get it and get sick my insurance will have to pay for my I bet way more expensive treatment, not to talk the spreading factor

Once Again US wake up! Health Insurance for Everybody
SINGLE PAYER is the Solution

Jul. 22 2009 11:37 AM
Sharon from Inwood

Thank you so much for highlighting an under-reported topic in global health. Your guest has talked about how malaria itself is being addressed. How is the UN addressing the malnutrition that underlies many malaria deaths?

Jul. 22 2009 11:36 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

What is the most effective weapon? Mosquito net or a potential vaccine (if it is possible to have a vaccine, that is).

Jul. 22 2009 11:35 AM

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