World Malaria Day 2009

Posted: April 26, 2009 in Medical, Occasions
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It’s still April 25th in the Western part of the hemesphere 🙂

This year’s World Malaria Day marks a critical moment in time. The international malaria community has merely two years to meet the 2010 targets of delivering effective and affordable protection and treatment to all people at risk of malaria, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.

World Malaria Day represents a chance for all of us to make a difference. Whether you are a government, a company, a charity or an individual, you can roll back malaria and help generate broad gains in multiple areas of health and human development. –

  1. […] Original post by dhuwail […]

  2. italianopinionist says:

    Yesterday in Italy we celebrated our Liberation Day but it didn’t really seem a moment of reflection about freedom and the struggle made to gain it. We spend our time debating, discussing, debating a little more, speaking of values and honour’s ownership. If we are free to do that, it’s also thanks to our 25 April 1945. All Italian attention is focused by media on the discussions, celebrations and debates. We are free to reach all these informations (if they are usefull information… I leave to the reader the choice). Anyway: is it a real freedom? We are bombarded with a huge amount of futile news which don’t leave us any spare time and space to think and read and listen to the more useful ones.
    25 April 2009 is also World Malaria Day! I found the news almost by chance on Metro (thanks for the good information!). I didn’t know about it and, to be sincere, I didn’t think usually too much about malaria in the world. It’s not that I don’t care but often I hardly find news about it. We don’t think about what we don’t know… and we know what the media let us know… but the media let us know only what the majority consider of some interests (advertisement pays if there is audience)… so the conclusion is: we will never learn something different and new.

    Why does malaria world problem gain so little attention? On Italian most important online headlines I found no mention (only, ‘Metro‘ mentioned it). On a foreign newspapers Malaria Day is reported but news about health are focused on swine flu. Actually also in Italy news about swine flu gain the 2nd or 3rd place among the main news of the day. I searched the internet and found on WHO – World Health Organization some ‘numbers’ referring to both malaria and swine flu. I can find some differences in the scale of the numbers of cases . Of course preventing is better than curing and the attention to the new swine flu virus is due (moreover if it can be transmitted directly from man to man).
    But why more attention than malaria? Malaria doesn’t cause a sensation while a new threat to public health which can reach our country or become pandemic (as some headlines reported) gains attention. There is freedom of speech and information (luckily!) but are we really free to think by our own? I think we are thanks to all the struggle of people who fought for freedom in the past (such as the ones who defeated the Nazism). But we don’t seem so willing to use it. It’s maybe easier to follow someone’s else idea (in agreement with a majority) than to make one’s own and it’s easier to discuss about futile collateral subjects (who can go to 25 April’s celebration? and even worse… who is Big Brother’s winner?) than thinking about people suffering somewhere. Media’s behavior is just a consequence so creating a never ending circle.

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