Thursday, December 14, 2006

White House Summit on Malaria

D showed me this article which highlights the White House Summit on Malaria, happening today. Some interesting clips:
::: President Bush Announced The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) In June 2005. PMI is a five-year, $1.2 billion program that challenges the private sector to join the U.S. Government in combating malaria in 15 of the hardest-hit countries. The initiative aims to cut malaria-related deaths by 50 percent in these 15 focus countries in Africa.

::: Through partnerships working in the first three focus countries – Tanzania, Angola and Uganda – aid from the American people has already reached about six million Africans.

::: In June 2006, Mrs. Laura Bush announced the United States will partner with four more focus countries – Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Senegal – to provide long-lasting mosquito nets, anti-malarial drugs, and help these countries conduct mosquito-spraying programs. The initiative also includes education and evaluation programs.
See www.malarianomore.org where you can donate money to buy bed nets - $10 buys one. When we were in Cameroon, I personally didn't sleep under nets, maybe because of the time of year when we were there. I did sleep under one in the DR in 1993 and the lucky scenario of having infectious diarrhea and trying to get out of a bed net in the middle of the night was ... er... memorable. But better than getting malaria I'm sure.

Update - LB reminded me that the ladies slept under nets at the beach. Us men didn't because we were up high on a hill with a steady breeze.

Some related malaria reading: Keith's [from Under the Acacias] malaria series, my post about a WashingtonPostMag article, October 2006.

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