There's a pox on the global health care system200,000. Tragic.
The World Health Organization estimates 200,000 people die each year from taking fake anti-malarial drugs. Better safeguards are needed.
Roanoke Times editorial
There will never be enough money or health care workers in any given year to relieve all the suffering and deaths around the world from malaria. But it shouldn't be too much to expect that those who are reached receive genuine medication.
That isn't what is happening. The New York Times this week reported on the growing epidemic of deadly counterfeit drugs in Asia and Africa. By far, the largest market is for fake artemisinin, the newest miracle drug for malaria.
The plague of fake drugs is so deadly that the World Health Organization estimates 200,000 of the million people who die each year from malaria perished because of counterfeit medication. (link)
But, in fact, a drop in the bucket.
And the anguish expressed amounts to nothing more than crocodile tears, because those deaths could have, in fact, been prevented, had the do-gooders of the world allowed the deaths to be prevented. The bigger picture:
Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases - killing three times more children than HIV/AIDS. Malaria is an infection caused by a parasite and carried from person to person by mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable yet over 500 million people contract it per year and more than one million people die from it annually —most of them young children living in Africa. (link)500,000,000 human beings contract the disease each year. 1,000,000 die. A large proportion of which are little children. Killed because we refuse to allow the most effective remedy to be deployed. And for no good reason.
The simple remedy: DDT.