Malaria Cases in Africa Halved Since 2000

The Oxford University reported in the science journal Nature that malaria infection rates in Africa have dropped by 50 percent since 2000. Those numbers apply to the most lethal form of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa which is transmitted by Plasmodium falciparum, a parasitic protozoan. That 50 percent reduction rate is equivalent to 663 million new cases of malaria.

Four species of the Plasmodium genus carry malaria: P. falciparum, P vivax, P. ovale, and P. malariae. The first two are the most common. All of them are transmitted by the bites of mosquitoes from the Anopheles genus. When the mosquito bites someone, they inject the parasite into the patient’s bloodstream.

The symptoms usually start a week or two after the bite. The first symptoms include fever, chills, headache and vomiting and may not be immediately recognized as malaria. Unfortunately, if P. falciparum malaria isn’t treated within 24 hours of showing symptoms, those symptoms can become increasingly severe and eventually kill the patient.

Malaria can be both treated and prevented, and many measures have been taken to do so. People have been treated with anti-malarial drugs and they have used nets and insecticides to deal with the mosquitoes.

The researchers found that the most effective way to prevent malaria and reduce the number of people getting infected was to set up bed nets. The mosquitoes are most likely to bite somebody between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., and most people are asleep during those hours. The bed nets prevent mosquitoes from biting people in the first place. They are coated with insecticide, and one or two people sleep under them. Each net costs around $3.00 and lasts three or four years. The Oxford researchers credited bed nets with 68 percent of the reduction in malaria cases, medications with 22 percent and pesticides with 10 percent.

Back in the 1980s, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) conducted a study, during which they set up nets in the Gambia. The results were so encouraging that medical organizations decided to deploy nets in many other areas plagued by malaria. The UN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund the bed nets.


How I Maintain A Healthy Body And Active Mind

Amongst friends and family, I am well known for my love for exercise regimes, literature, apps that enhance health and wellness and my vegetarian diet. Being a staunch advocate of all matters related to wellness, and holistic health I do various exercises including cycling, swimming and yoga. I incorporate kettle bells and “rip:360” into weekly workouts because they contribute immensely to my strength and flexibility. When I’m is riding, I use MapMyRide, an app that has a training log that records pace, duration, speed, elevation as well as the calories burned.

To me, yoga is not just an exercise routine, it is a way of life, and he lives and teaches it. I am a yoga master at the School of Meditation and Yoga in Singapore, and I continue to learn about it everyday. I am also very fond of reading books that talk about improving yoga. One such book is the Anatomy of Yoga: An Instructors Guide To Improving Your Poses written by Abigail Ellsworth. In the book, there are visual references that are well detailed to help anyone understand the basics of yoga, the right way to breathe as well as the correct way to position the spine.

Meditation is also an imperative element of yoga. I use SoundCloud to upload and share his chants and mantras. I also use Luminosity, a web-based game that is designed to work all aspects of the brain scientifically. The fun-based games on the application can be played on any device, and I utilize 15 minutes of my time to play the game every day.

As a leader, I implement tactics that inspire my colleagues to be hardworking, talented, versatile and dynamic. I have tremendous respect for other people and believe that everyone can do extraordinary things if provided with the opportunity. My leadership style may be different, but it’s my preference to  consult and engage others.

I am also a staunch believer in spirituality which has helped me understand and appreciate mankind even more. I like to be an example of a person who leads a healthy lifestyle and use the same to influence and make others better at what they do.

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