May 1, 2011- The facts are in and they are truly sad; a disease that is treatable and more importantly preventable, Malaria, kills more than 15,000 children a week. There are plenty of drugs to treat and prevent the disease. The problem is that too many young children that have malaria are not getting the drugs they need to be treated, while many children that do not need the drugs are being given them.
One of the problems is that malaria is often times missed diagnosed because it can easily be confused with meningitis, pneumonia and other diseases. There are new tests that give rapid diagnosis’ thus helping to determine not only what the disease is but being able to treat it quicker and save more lives.
Misuse of the drugs through mistreatment can be far reaching. If the malaria drugs are not used correctly they can create a drug-resistant strain of the same disease and that, through natural patterns of migration, can be spread across the continent and the world. Burma is one known place that drug-resistant strains of malaria have been found and the UK is behind a drive to eradicate it as quickly as possible.
The ultimate goal in the global community is to eliminate the disease in its entirety. The sad truth is there should be no one that dies from the disease say authorities and the UK authorities feel that with their resolve and unity working with the rest of the international community they can eliminate it.