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Reaction Essay – Malaria
Reaction Essay – Malaria
Watch Out For the Buggy’s
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans of the Plasmodium type. Recently I had an opportunity to listen to a wonderful, informational presentation by a Cedar Crest Graduate from the genetic engraining program (1993). During her presentation I learned about the infectious disease Malaria that has a horrible effect on millions of people worldwide. Through out this paper I would like to highlight what I learned and state my views on the overlaying issues on Malaria.
Before putting my own opinion into the problems of Malaria, I would just like to state the basic information and life cycle of Malaria. Malaria in humans is caused by a protozoon of the genus Plasmodium and the four subspecies, falciparum, vive, malaria, and ovule. The species that cause the greatest illness and death in Africa is P. falciparum. It’s commonly known for being transmitted by the bites of mosquitoes. Fever is the main symptom of malaria. This mostly found in women and children causing over two million people sick and over 600,000 children dead. Commonly you’ll find people who are repeatedly exposed to the disease that acquire a considerable degree of clinical immunity, which is pretty unstable and disappears after a year away from the endemic-disease environment. There are a number of factors that contribute to the rise of malaria, including the rapid spread of resistance of malaria parasites to chloroquine and the other quinolones. The frequent armed conflicts causing many of our own soldiers to become sick. The very high birth rates leading to a rapid increase in the population less than 5 years of age dying.
We do not frequently hear much about Malaria, which is very disappointing, I learned that it's one of the ten top issues studied in the USAID (USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.) I had a great opportunity to meet with a senior tech advisor for Malaria development who taught me some scary facts that we here in the United States do not recognize are a major overlaying problem. Millions of people lose their family members, their jobs, almost everything they have because they can’t afford the drugs to help treat malaria. Billions and Billions are poured into their funds and usually when we do find a way to control outbreaks (ex. Bed nets, DDT, and Quinine) eventually the bugs will just build up a resistance and continue to spread Malaria.
Personally I believe that we do not spread enough awareness of this issue, millions of people are dying and many children will not live past the ages 5 or 6. Our major problem here is that no one is looking at the facts, the deaths or even better in the programs that are supposed to be helping control the disease. Shouldn’t more of us be aware, shouldn’t we know about all the money that money that Bill Gates is throwing into the funds. Is there really more bed nets being provided, how could we possibly know if we never hear about it.
In conclusion, we might never permanently get rid of the little buggy’s flying around spreading Malaria, who knows, maybe in a year or two there could be a breakthrough that could dismiss the infectious disease and not have any other dangerous effects on the populations. With a little more help and spread of awareness, we could get further with our research all we need are people to care.
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