Health in Contemporary Society

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Health in Contemporary Society

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Malaria is one of the most plaguing diseases in human history which has been around at least since the advent of agriculture. It is a disease with an extensive history with the human population. Because of it's many vectors and their ability to thrive in different regions and climates malaria has been a persistent burden to not only man kind but the rest of the animal kingdom as well. Throughout documented history malaria has been infecting people all over the world and is still endemic in some regions. Malaria is the most significant parasitic killer in the world today. The majority of cases are in tropical and subtropical areas most commonly in Algeria. In Africa today malaria is actually a huge endemic problem in the majority of African nations. There are approximately two billion people who live in malaria-endemic areas. The estimated annual occurrence of the disease is between 300-500 million cases (Summer 105).

There is a world wide movement based on malarial treatment, prevention, and elimination. However there are many things that need to be over come in order to combat malarial infection world wide because of the disease's ability to adapt and move.

In Algeria malaria is a major killer especially of children. Other parts of the world such as in Central America, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia usually suffer from the less fatal forms. Combating malaria in Africa is a huge expenditure but there is still not enough being done. The typical strategies for malaria are prevention strategies through the use of pesticides like DDT or the use of mosquito nets known as ITNs. There are 40 malaria endemic counties in Africa and 18 of those countries have strategic plans to improve ITN coverage in their countries. Another...