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Column: Viral panic is contagious - by Kate Dieringer

July 31, 2014 - 18:22 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
This column was contributed by Kate Dieringer
 
Is it fear or fatalism that clouds vector borne disease outbreaks?
Boom. Boom. A louder, more authoritative ‘Thwack’. Four men are pounding around the previously unscreened house, covering bits ripped by their efforts with smaller, make shift patches of screen. Inside, others are scrambling to hang previously disregarded bed nets. Patients are showing up to the hospital in droves, complaining of arthralgia, fever and malaise. Medical staff members are succumbing as well; affecting hospital and clinic based operations with increased patient volume and decreased clinical capacity. The offending illness is chikungunya fever (ChikV), not malaria or dengue, and it is gripping Haitian society in more ways than physiological. This Caribbean nation has been devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes and a too recent cholera epidemic. Adding to the burden of disease and bandwidth of citizens and public health officials, the current chikungunya outbreak is causing quite a disruption here in Haiti...

Column: Vivax malaria, breaking the cycle of endless suffering - by George Jagoe

July 10, 2014 - 10:56 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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"And I saw Sisyphus at his endless task raising his prodigious stone with both his hands. With hands and feet he tried to roll it up to the top of the hill, but just before he could roll it over the other side, its weight would be too much for him, and the pitiless stone would come thundering down again on to the plain. Then he would begin trying to push it up hill again, and the sweat ran off him and the steam rose after him."
The Odyssey of Homer, translated by Samuel Butler
 

Column: No Substitute for Local Expertise

June 5, 2014 - 17:25 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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A three year old boy cowers behind his mother, looking up at me with tears in his tired eyes. I quietly greet his mother in Chichewa, the language common to the Southern region of Malawi. It takes time to gain an audience not only with this tiny, frightened child, but also with his mother. I smile, being sure not to reveal my teeth, surely to bring on further tears and sit next to her on the bench in our workspace. She smells of wood fire kitchen smoke and sweat from her 5 kilometer walk to our malaria research center at the District Hospital in Machinga, Malawi.

Column: What do health professionals in Europe know about malaria? ‘Part I: European statistics’

April 10, 2014 - 20:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Four years ago, after working for six years as a hospital and pre-hospital emergency doctor in Spain, I accepted a position as a remote site doctor in Sierra Leone. Until then malaria was an obscure, almost phantasmagorical, condition to me.

Column: Social values & beliefs: the key to successful malaria prevention?

March 23, 2014 - 08:46 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Do social norms and cost sharing matter in obtaining community buy in and adding value to health commodities? An excerpt from the field with emphasis on community based participatory methods and insecticide treated bed net (ITN) usage.
 

Fake malaria drugs kill

January 29, 2014 - 14:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Stop the trade in fake malaria drugs and sign the petition at www.fakedrugskill.org

1/3 of all malaria drugs sold in Africa are fake. Criminals in China and India make huge profits from the illegal production of fake and counterfeit malaria drugs.

Watch the short films "Fake drugs kill" and " The story about fake drugs" here.

Column: looking for good news on the road to zero malaria deaths

January 23, 2014 - 20:40 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar. 
Traveller, there is no road. We make the road by walking.
Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
 
By George Jagoe
 
In 2011, RBM revised one of its key objectives for the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP):  it called for reducing “global malaria deaths to near zero by end 2015”. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Robert Newman, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme commented:  “Reducing malaria deaths to near-zero is the right goal, a goal that we need to make every conceivable effort to achieve. But, let us be clear, it is also a wildly ambitious goal.” (1)

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