Malaria in Ethiopia

The global health problem that I chose to look at is Malaria inEthiopia.  Malaria inEthiopiahas been a problem for nearly 50 years and is one of the leading causes of death in this country.  This is a problem in this country because it is a poor developing country were many people live in close proximity of each other.  Another thing is thatEthiopiais a part ofAfrica, and there can be large rainfall one day, followed by a large drought the next, which is were the real danger of malaria come in.  Malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites, and mosquitoes generally nest in areas of standing water, which are easy to find after rains inAfrica.  In an effort to try and help people who have contracted malaria, there are community nurses who go from house to house in a community and check on people and give them shots and medication.  Another thing is some of the people have mosquito nets to try and keep the mosquitoes away, but this does not work for long because the nets get holes in them from use and then are unable to be used by people.

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An anthropologist working on this problem is Dr. Rory Nefdt.  He is working with UNICEF and other researchers to help the fight against malaria inEthiopia.  What he and many others have been doing is helping to distribute medication and other supplies like mosquito nets to the people ofEthiopia.  One problem is that the medication available does not have a very long shelf life than the previous drug used.  Researchers like Dr. Rory are trying to figure out a ways to elongate the expiry on these drugs so that they last longer so patients can use them before they expire.  Another problem facing this country is there are not enough of the mosquito nets, so they ordered 10 million more nets, but the firm inVietnamwhere the nets are expected from is saying they need more time to manufacture the products.


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