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Saturday, 1 September 2007

A 'malaria trap'?

A new paper provides new evidence on the linkages between income and incidence of malaria – an illness that claims over one million lives annually, 90 percent of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

It it is entirely possible for an economy to arrive at a "malaria trap," in which sickness begets poverty and poverty makes disease prevention unaffordable. In the model economy, we can quantify the magnitude of this "malaria trap." It can reduce income per capita by about half. By point of comparison, Gallup and Sachs (2000) note that the 44 countries with intensive malaria burdens in 1995 had per capita income of $1,526, compared with $8,268 for the 106 countries without intensive malaria burden. Our model suggests that the disease alone could account for just under half of this income gap.

8 comments:

  1. Malaria deaths reduction in Zambia:

    http://www.africanews.com/site/Zambia_66_reduction_in_malaria_deaths/list_messages/24450

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  2. Malaria detector:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8015241.stm

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  3. Future malaria vaccine?

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/23/malaria.vaccine/index.html#cnnSTCText?iref=werecommend

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  4. GlaxoSmithKline offers scientists labs, data to fight malaria:

    http://www.ctpost.com/business/article/GSK-offers-scientists-labs-data-to-fight-malaria-328694.php

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  5. Bill Gates interview:

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201001250011.html

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  6. Malaria decline in Africa:

    http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Africa+making+dramatic+headway+against+malaria/2938499/story.html

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  7. GM mosquito:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10654599

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  8. Celebs, big donors push Africa's war on malaria:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/16/AR2010101601914.html?hpid=sec-health

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