Why is the mainstream media headlines greet Bill Gates announcement of his “Malaria vaccine” program while ignoring the biggest breakthrough in Malaria mortality prevention in history was made possible through simple public-health practice?
A few years back, the World’s richest man, Bill Gates, announced a donation of about $1 billion out of his fortune towards funding a Malaria “vaccine” research which is still the number one killer disease in Africa.
Putting aside conspiracy theories about big pharmaceutical industries for being behind a systematic tendency of using the less developed continents (especially Africa) as guinea pigs for non-consensual research and testing new drugs disguised as development, the world media gave applause and front page headline coverage for this big announcement.
However, hundreds of studies, papers and analyses have determined that the best way to reduce transmission and mortality from infectious diseases such as Malaria and Polio is to educate a population and raise its standard of living.
One best example is the African nation of Eritrea.
Eritrea managed to reduce its Malaria infection rates by 90% only by organizing public-education campaigns on nutrition and disease prevention, providing free insecticide-treated mosquito nets in areas where Malaria is endemic, establishing community-based medical clinics where the population can get free blood tests, and finally filling in mosquito breeding sites and/or spraying insecticide on those areas (I’m not normally a fan of insecticides, but this is meant to prove a larger point).
These simple public-health practices have resulted in the biggest breakthrough in Malaria mortality prevention in history, and to date I have yet to find a single story about this in any mainstream media outlet.
Such approaches were also widely adopted across Europe a century ago: a process which brought about the complete eradication of these exotic infectious diseases from the continent.
It should also be added that Eritrea, through the already established public healthcare system, has been the only African country to reduce its HIV/AIDS infection rates effectively (by 40% over a decade); this was done through a national sex-education and condom-distribution program.
Bill Gates is a pretty smart guy. So why did he embark on a massive vaccination campaign when the same funds could have been invested in genuinely sustainable community-development and public-health programs?
Maybe, just maybe, this is because Eritrea’s public health approach to preventing malaria mortality is not going to generate tens of billions of dollars to the coffers of the drug company cartels, one of the most profitable industries in the world.