Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Now LA Times Recognizes That Africa's Anti-malaria Campaign Is Showing Results

Africa's anti-malaria campaign showing results
Infection rates drop as nations take action against the disease. In Tanzania, Bush announces a venture to provide enough mosquito nets to protect every child between the ages of 1 and 5.

By James Gerstenzang
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer February 19 2008

BWEFUM, ZANZIBAR;-- Like clockwork, particularly on Mondays after his office had been closed for the weekend, the patients would line the concrete benches outside Mininyi Othman's tiny health center 10 miles from the nearest paved road.

It is good to read in the Los Angeles Times that malaria is finally diminishing its deadly impact in Africa and hearing that our President is committed to providing "mosquito nets to protect every child between the ages of 1 and 5", is inspiring, but the article does very little to tell us how we got to this stage. Not to be overly skeptical, but are we to believe that George W. Bush is a significant savior of Africa?

The Los Angeles Times article "Unintended Victims of Gates Foundation", which was the primary focus of the Best Intentions Unintended Consequences post, was the second most popular item link of this weblog so far. What are the key health dangers for children?, has been the most popular. The previous LA Times article provided an indepth analysis of failure. An equally indepth analysis of success would be appreciated.

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