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.
In a meeting organized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) that took place on 26th May 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the out-going Chairperson of ALMA, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, praised Eritrea and other African countries that have achieved the target of reducing malaria incidence and commended the leaders of those countries for their vision and commitment.
The state of Eritrea, in the past couple of decades, has registered a remarkable success in the improvement of the people’s health status through its famous Health-for-all policy.
In just few independence years, the government has made an intensive effort in providing quality and accessible health care system and made a commendable achievement on the prevention of communicable diseases including malaria, HIV/Aids and most importantly immunizationof children against the most deadly childhood diseases. Continue reading Exploring Eritrea’s Health Success Stories→