Friday, June 19, 2009

Treating Malaria Before it Starts

A program in Ethiopia supported by The Global Fund and other partners has distributed almost 20 million insecticite treated nets in an effort to combat malaria. The project stemmed from another simple idea: training two high school graduates in every village to teach health skills to the communities. As a result, the number of deaths from the disease has gone down by half in only three years. With this plan, The Global Fund was able to not only prevent malaria, but also to treat it if any early signs were detected. The unexpected success of this project shows that malaria is definitely a treatable disease, if it is addressed immediately and not ignored.