I’ve just received the latest National Geographic E-magazine and there is a timely article in it about Malaria. There’s also a great multimedia presentation here. It not only charts the course of the disease within the human body and the history of it but gives an account of the fight to overcome this killer. It has been around for thousands of years, with some Egyptian mummies having signs of malaria. It is thought likely that Alexander the Great died from it and it was instrumental in stopping the armies of Attila the Hun and Ghengis Khan. I know I’ve posted on this before but it is the biggest killer on Earth. This year one billion people will be struck down by it and at least a million will die – mostly children under the age of five. The main article is here - there is a lot of it, but it is worth reading.
These leads nicely to a new initiative that my brother is setting up with Tukae in Tanzania. Just before I arrived there in February Dr Linda Barry spent two months working with the locals at the health post on Emau Hill. During this time she saw and treated many children with malaria. In discussion with Steven and Father Baruti in Emau Hill they decided to set up a one year project to effect the local situation. They are aiming to raise £5,000 to pay for a clinical officer and a technician for one year, to provide effective treatment for all children under the age of 13, provide adequate drug supplies and follow WHO and Tanzanian government guidelines.
Protecting against malaria is not cheap. When I was there in February/March this year it cost me nearly £100 for prophylactic drugs. You can get cheaper ones but they are not as effective.
The project has a justgiving site – here.