Malaria

Malaria is one of the most important challenges to global public health, seeing that there are between 300 and 500 million cases of malaria worldwide, and more than 1 million people deaths, most of them in children.  Like many other diseases in today's world, most of the cases are in sub-Saharan Africa.  There is no denying that this region of the world houses some of the poorest communities, overrun with widespread poverty, and some of the best breeding grounds for vectors.  The emergence of resistance to insecticides has been a major factor in an increasing trend of malaria, one which is aided by a general weakening of health systems and infrastructure.  The links between malaria, poverty, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis are multiple and complex, so an integration approach should be recognized as a possible solution.  Poverty sustains the conditions where malaria thrives and malaria tends to continue the cycle of poverty.  Linking malaria with community-based health may offer hope.  Integration of malaria into any other health services and/or integration would benefit communities immensely, as it is already so interconnected to many other diseases and problems.  [i]

 

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