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This paper discusses the incidence of malaria in Africa and the difficulties encountered in implementing malaria prevention and treatment programs. The paper specifically discusses the political, social, and economic barriers that have consistently limited the ability to deliver treatment to sufferers of malaria, thus prolonging its destructive consequences in contemporary Africa. The paper further explains that, rather than focusing on bettering the health of the individual, the focus has been placed on possible benefits to the government and economy. For example, specific regions of Africa have been targeted when developing treatment and prevention plans because these regions are economically viable. The paper concludes that, in order to cure malaria in Africa, emphasis needs to be placed on what is best for the native people instead of concentrating on possible benefits to other uninfected countries.
From the Paper:"Current malaria control campaigns in Africa are still limited due to a lack of government funding. Partnerships of governmental, non-governmental, and philanthropic organizations are necessary to develop comprehensive programs, yet these partnerships often fail when attempted in Africa. In addition to a lack of consistent funding, these partnerships are composed of overlapping public and private institutions "without clear mandates, ease of coordination, or a leader to harmonize the activities". Until African governments can allocate appropriate funds to malaria control efforts and develop efficient systems for combating the disease, anti-malaria campaigns will continue to disintegrate. Since the initial failure of malaria control under the imperialistic notion to spread white enterprise, government programs have never been sufficient to implement preventative and treatment measures targeting malaria. The political implications of malaria control campaigns have, consequently, thwarted opportunities to cure the millions of infected Africans."
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Malaria (2008, December 28) Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/research-paper/malaria-110591/
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