Malaria affects the health and wealth of nations and people in every part of the world. Malaria is a very serious, life threathing disease that is passed from person to person. It is one of the largest diseases around the world. Malaria has been on earth since the mid â€“ Pleistocene age. It is a very ancient disease that has moved to be one of the most dangerous and deadly diseases in the world. .
Malaria is one of the major public health challenges in some of the poorest countries in the world. â€œThe reality is that malaria is a disease of poor countriesâ€ (McGinn 63). According to the World Health Organization (WHO) every year about 350 million people around the world will suffer from malaria, and from this number approximately 2 to 3 million people will die from this disease. Malaria usually occurs in tropical and sub â€“ tropical countries.
Imagine seven Boeing 747 filled mostly with children crashing into dense forests of the African Congo. That is the same number of people who die each day from malaria (Center for Disease Control). In my view, this is unacceptable on all fronts; as a citizen of America and a member of the human race. According to The Economist, a British political newspaper, the United States is spending over $100 billion right now to restore Iraq; yet, the United States and the other industrialized nations of the world cannot collect the $1.5 billion needed to fight malaria annually. Perhaps if these monies were attained, then eradication of malaria would be possible. However, as it stands right now, malaria is going the distance with the human race, and if something is not done about it right away, then it might have the final say on the population of the world.
When the last case of smallpox, according to the World Health Organization, was detected in 1977, the world celebrated and man declared victory over the microbe. While humans may have won that battle, they are far from winning the war with deadly diseases.