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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:37 AM

 

Precipitous decline in incidence of malaria in Eritrea doesn't make the western news

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http://www.malariajournal.com/content/5/1/33

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16407339


A couple of years ago Bill Gates, then still “the richest man in the world”, announced that he was “donating” $10 billion to fund “vaccine research” for some of the worlds worst diseases. About $1 billion of Bill Gates donation/tax deduction was ear marked for research to find a vaccine to prevent malaria which is the number one killer in Africa.

I live in Eritrea in the Horn of Africa and the government here has reduced malaria mortality by over 80% in the last decade. This is the biggest breakthrough in preventing malaria mortality in history yet there has yet to be a single story on this in any of the major international media.

This historic breakthrough has been accomplished in Eritrea by the use of good old fashioned public health methods, that tried and true science that is responsible for the major increase in longevity that took place in the 20th century. That's right, public health, meaning first of all, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene has been the biggest breakthrough in human health in history, not antibiotics or vaccines or drugs of any sort. Yet Public Health is increasingly under attack in much of the western world.

Eritrea has developed a three pronged approach to preventing malaria mortality. First, the Eritrean Ministry of Health provides free insecticide treated mosquito nets to all of its population in the areas where malaria is endemic...The second part of the Health Ministry’s malaria program has been the establishment of community based medical clinics where the population can go to get a free blood test to determine what variety of malaria they may have and to get the proper treatment for it... The third part of the program is mosquito habitat eradication by filling in breeding sites and/or spraying insecticide on these areas.

These 3 simple, basic public health practices have resulted in the biggest breakthrough in malaria mortality prevention in history yet to this day there hasn't been a single major story covering this in any of the major media internationally. Why is it that worldwide headlines greet Bill Gates announcement of his “vaccine” program while the biggest breakthrough in one of the major threats to life in much of the world remains unknown?


Maybe, just maybe, this is because Eritrea’s public health approach to preventing malaria mortality is not going to put tens of billions of dollars in the pockets of the drug company cartels, one of the most profitable industries in the world...It is impossible to say just how many hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of lives could have been saved in the two years or so since Bill Gates announced his multibillion dollar “donation” to vaccine research if just a small percentage of his “gift” had been spent on implementing the Eritrean model of malaria mortality prevention.


http://www.whale.to/v/bill_gates9.html

Thomas C. Mountain is the only independent western journalist in the Horn of Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006...

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Reply Precipitous decline in incidence of malaria in Eritrea doesn't make the western news (Original post)
HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
xchrom Dec 2012 #1
malaise Dec 2012 #2
bananas Dec 2012 #6
WinkyDink Dec 2012 #3
greytdemocrat Dec 2012 #4
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #8
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #21
bananas Dec 2012 #10
SidDithers Dec 2012 #5
joshcryer Dec 2012 #25
SidDithers Dec 2012 #29
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #7
SidDithers Dec 2012 #9
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #15
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #30
bread_and_roses Dec 2012 #11
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #16
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #31
SidDithers Dec 2012 #12
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #17
SidDithers Dec 2012 #18
obamanut2012 Dec 2012 #19
joshcryer Dec 2012 #26
Posteritatis Dec 2012 #36
Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #13
1-Old-Man Dec 2012 #14
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #22
SidDithers Dec 2012 #20
pinto Dec 2012 #23
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #24
pinto Dec 2012 #32
CJCRANE Dec 2012 #27
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #28
pinto Dec 2012 #34
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #33
Taitertots Dec 2012 #35
REP Dec 2012 #37

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:44 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:52 AM

2. Profound point about Public Health improvements

That matters way more than drugs

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:48 AM

6. Absolutely! "public health, meaning first of all, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene"

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:31 AM

3. "Precipitous decline" is a term of negative connotation.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:37 AM

4. I noticed that too...

Odd choice of words but the bottom line news is good.

Whoever wrote that looks to be picking a fight, for no good reason IMHO.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:52 AM

8. That site is an anti science site

Anti vax, as well as other things. It is a medical CT site.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:16 PM

21. which is why i also linked medical sites -- to demonstrate that what the person was saying

 

was verifiable.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:58 AM

10. WtF? "Precipitous decline in incidence of malaria" has negative connotations for you?

That gives new meaning to "short attention span".

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:45 AM

5. Still obsessed with Bill Gates, eh Hannah?...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:47 PM

25. They have a press freedom index below that of North Korea.

It's absolutely necessary to support them.

Toss in some anti-semetic crap as well as anti-vax and you got a perfect thread that certainly rings a bell.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:08 PM

29. Heheh...

The OP and North Korea (and Baltimore) have an interesting history at DU.

Sid

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:48 AM

7. You do realize what site you are using as a source?

Anti vaxxer site, anti science, anti public health policies. It has no place on DU. I am appalled so many people are reccing it.

You should self delete.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:52 AM

9. But whale.to is a great source!!...

You know, if you want to learn about the "AIDS Industry" or how AZT is "bottled genocide", or the "Cancer Industry", or chemtrails, or the "Medical Mafia" or the "Disease Protection Racket".

Basically, on any topic concerning anything medical, if you believe the opposite of what whale.to posts, then you're probably closer to the truth.

Edit: I agree, it has no place on DU.


Scopie's Law:
In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing Whale.to as a credible source loses you the argument immediately ...and gets you laughed out of the room.


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Response to SidDithers (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:45 AM

15. I am often critical of big pharma

But I also believe in science!

Thanks for quoting Scopie's Law!

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:16 PM

30. the article is not anti-science, anti-public health, or even anti-vaccine. i also linked two

 

medical sites to demonstrate that the reporting in the article could be backed up from other sources.

eritrea is an 'official enemy'. that's why the verifiable reduction in malaria is not reported here.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:06 AM

11. The site may be a crock but the point about Gates & public health

is spot on. Whether his aim is to enrich the Pharma Vampires I don't know or care - the point is that HE gets to decide where his loot gets donated and we're supposed to all fall all over ourselves in admiration of his generosity. Where does such obscene wealth come from, again?

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Response to bread_and_roses (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:45 AM

16. Sorry, anti semitic garbage source

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:31 PM

31. please link to the anti-semitism in the article, and in the other links provided. the writer is not

 

responsible for the site, nor for the fact that the news he reports isn't picked up by major western media.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:12 AM

12. Also at whale.to you can read...

THE PROTOCOLS OF THE LEARNED ELDERS OF ZION
Their comment " Zionist master plan. Has to be true as it has all come to pass."

Not linking to their site.

Why are you using such an anti-semitic, conspiracy theory, woo, hate site as a source, Hannah?

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:46 AM

17. Anti semitic, anti science sources are allowed on DU now?

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:57 AM

18. Jury left it 3-3...nt

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:03 AM

19. Of course they did

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:50 PM

26. The irony is that Eritrea and Israel are on great standing.

Because Israel helped them materially during the Eritrean War of Independence.

Wouldn't surprise me if the health care improvements were suggested by a policymaker in Israel.

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:24 PM

36. Wow. You don't see idiots citing the Chronicles outside of wahabbist schools often anymore. (nt)

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:35 AM

13. Why pick on Bill? At least he is doing something! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

does many great works! My son worked for 2 years (the max) for a co-op b/w the B&M Gates Foundation and the University of Texas to put College Counselors in underprivileged High Schools to help increase the number of minority and poor kids in college. The Counselors are recent grads (thus the 2 years limit) who help the kids with financial aid, admission requirements, picking a major, housing, ... The program is hugely successful and my son has numerous students who credit him with being in college at all! Rag on Hedge Fund managers all you want, rag on Bill for how he ran Microsoft, but do not attack his philanthropy!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:39 AM

14. Why does the 1st paragraph give credit to Gates and the 2nd to the Government?

I hate these little contradictions. The first paragraph seems to make Bill Gates walk on water, but then the second says it was the Government of the country that took the necessary steps. By the way, those steps are no great revelation, they are exactly what Dr. Walter Reed did in Panama to lessen the incidence of Malaria there during the digging of the canal.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:20 PM

22. the first paragraph says gates has put a billion into vaccine research; the rest says that

 

eritrea, a poor country, has nearly eradicated malaria by using basic public health practices.

and yes, they're no revelation; the wonder is that they aren't used all over africa at this late date, and why bill gates gets so much publicity for vaccine research while the efficacy of public health practices gets little attention.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:22 PM

20. Kick for anti-Semitic source that the OP has chosen not to delete...nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:31 PM

23. A vector based approach has always been a key component in malaria prevention. i.e. mosquito control.

As noted above the biggest barrier to the construction of the Panama Canal was mosquito borne malaria. Once that vector was adequately contained, construction was successfully completed.

Eritrea has implemented basic vector control well, it seems. And those are relatively affordable. Yet basic vector control is still one intervention in the big picture.

As far as the author's broad brush rant against "drug company cartels", he glibly overlooks his own statement about one part of the picture -

The second part of the Health Ministry’s malaria program has been the establishment of community based medical clinics where the population can go to get a free blood test to determine what variety of malaria they may have and to get the proper treatment for it...


Treatment *includes* pharmaceuticals made by those evil drug company cartels. An effective, concurrent intervention to decrease malaria related mortality.

Finally, vaccines clearly have a role to play. Not only in Eritrea but worldwide. Vaccine research, production and distribution does take money. To bash the Gates Foundation's support for this part of malaria prevention is shallow, short sighted and dismissive of the very populations the author purports to champion.





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Response to pinto (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:39 PM

24. eritrea has nearly eradicated malaria with basic public health measures. the same thing can't be

 

said of the rest of africa, despite the publicity gates' initiatives gets.

eritrea, a very poor country and 'official enemy' of the west, did it in a matter of years. it's not rocket science.

many anti-malarials are off-patent, & produced by others besides 'big pharma'.

here's what 'united against malaria' does with the money:

All donations to UAM go to the United Nations Foundation’s fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria to support malaria prevention projects in Africa through the Global Fund. This includes providing invaluable tools to prevent infection, access to medications, and supporting further research on vaccines.

oxfam, among others, has criticized all these organizations for flooding markets with cheap drugs without establishing basic public health infrastructure for diagnosis, testing, etc.

http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/salt-sugar-and-malaria-pills-how-the-affordable-medicine-facilitymalaria-endang-249615

http://www.irinnews.org/report/96705/HEALTH-The-trouble-with-affordable-anti-malarials

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15064038

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2806%2968545-0/fulltext


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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:33 PM

32. Agree, basic public health measures are key and they include pharmaceuticals, on or off patent.

Implementation in other African nations may differ. I'm not sure why. Maybe a more effective approach in this context would be for Eritrea to take an educational lead among other African nations, assisting neighbor nations with those basics that have proved effective.

Yeah, that component isn't rocket science. I suspect there are efforts to replicate them? Your "enemy of the west" politicization of the issue only complicates a continent wide approach. That may be true for others, as well.

What's wrong with collaboration, a wide range of interventions and setting aside political agendas for the greater good? Don't cut off your nose to spite your face, as the saying goes. Prevention and treatment are worth everyone's efforts.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:57 PM

27. Bill Gates also funds malaria control through mosquito nets etc.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the project has spurred the creation of the United Against Malaria campaign, which looks to achieve universal access to mosquito nets and malaria medicine in Africa by 2015.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johns_Hopkins_University_Center_for_Communication_Programs#Malaria



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Response to CJCRANE (Reply #27)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:06 PM

28. eritrea's gdp is about 4% of bill gates' personal net worth. yet it managed to nearly eradicate

 

malaria in a matter of years.

gates has been funding in africa for more than a decade. where has malaria been eradicated?

eritrea is an anomaly in africa.

the net donations have been a miniscule fraction of the funding gates has done in africa, most of which has gone to financialization of local economies, gmo agriculture, & pharma initiatives.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:41 PM

34. Your issue doesn't seem to be primarily malaria prevention -

"financialization of local economies, gmo agriculture, & pharma initiatives".

Suggest you frame a point of view on those topics. They are definitely worth a look. Yet your use of malaria prevention efforts as a vehicle for a broader range of issues is disingenuous, at best, and demeaning to the populations at risk.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:34 PM

33. good news

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:22 PM

35. Western news media exists as a mechanism to get people to watch advertisements

Telling people about health benefits experienced by people in countries they have never heard of doesn't sell products. Scaring, titillating, and psychologically pressuring people gets them to watch advertisements.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:58 PM

37. Locking

Violates SoP of this Forum.

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