The overall goal for the health system in Eritrea as articulated in the Health Sector Strategic Development Plan (2013-2016) is the improvement of health status, general wellbeing, longevity and economic productivity for all Eritreans.
In 1946, the right to health was first articulated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution, stating that, “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.”
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.