Oct 21/10 - Pt 3: Managing Malaria

Bill Gates says he thinks Malaria can be wiped off the face of the earth. And the United Nations, as well as most international aid groups working on the issue tend to agree. But now, new challenges are cropping up. And some say it's time to give up on eradicating Malaria and start talking about how to manage it.


Managing Malaria - Sonia Shah

We started this segment with a clip from Bill Gates, speaking last year in Long Beach, California. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has put a lot of money behind an ambitious, multi-Billion-dollar campaign to wipe Malaria off the face of the earth. And it's not alone.

The World Health Organization, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program and The World Bank are all working towards the same goal. They've all come together in the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. Awa Coll-Seck is the partnership's Director. We aired a clip.

Hundreds of thousands of people get Malaria every year. It slows economic growth in countries that can least afford it. And it kills nearly a million-people-a-year, most of them children. In Africa it is estimated that it kills a child every 30 seconds. But lately, the idea of eradicating Malaria has run in to some challenges ... such as the silverback gorilla.

Last month, scientists in France and Cameroon discovered that gorillas were the first carriers of malaria. And that piece of news may change the way the disease is tackled. And according to Sonia Shah it's just the latest piece of evidence to suggest that the best way to deal with Malaria is not to eradicate it but rather, to manage it. Sonia Shah is the author of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years. She was in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Managing Malaria - Nicholas White

Nicholas White has been fighting Malaria for 30 years as a doctor treating patients and as a scientist looking for a cure. He's a Professor in the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok and Oxford University. And next week, he'll be in Toronto to pick up the 2010 Gairdner Global Health Award for his groundbreaking work with an anti-malaria drug called artemisinin. Nicholas White was in Oxford, England.

Last Word - Zacharias Kunuk Promo

We ended the program today with something The Current's Chris Wodskou is working on for tomorrow's program about a new documentary, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change. He got the last word today.

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