Monday, November 2, 2009

Changing climate brings the new killer desease in Africa.

  Climate change effects that created world wide spreading of newly developed strains of flu viruses and the related fever and lung infections has made the public health under utmost difficult situation, not only in developing countries, but also in developed countries like U.K and Netherlands. The newly changed climate conditons in Africa brings new types of lung deseases, among which pneumonia is found as the deadliest and the number one killer disease in Africa. The IRIN reports the spreading of pneumonia, "the number-one killers of children worldwide – deadlier than AIDS, malaria and measles combined," spreading among children and the diagnosis is not done scientifically. 

                                                    Pneumonia kills millions of African children.
    The grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about US$40 million to improve diagnosis and testing in  five developing countries such as,  screening tehniques and Mass tag PCR technology to carry out the test for 30 causes of infection is an important milestone. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) plans in 2009 to offer vaccines, approved by World Health organisation (WHO) in August 2008 - donated by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals - that protect against seven strains of the lung disease – 1.3 million in Rwanda and 500,000 in The Gambia. 

  The quality of health in world wide is degrading due to lack of proper waste management systems in domestic and industrail sectors,  increased population, poor sanitation and the non-preapredness from the public health officials especially in the Asian and African countries and even in some developed countries. The methods of diagnostics in developing cointries are very poor that makes lots of delay in treating diseases. Lung infections like pneumonia can become dangerous and chronics situations will lead to the death of children in masses. Hence the realisation of public officials like Samba Sow, the director of Mali’s Centre for Vaccine Development about the importance of improving diagnostics as much critical to live saving vaccines(IRIN), has much to add to control to the spreading of lung desease in African continent. While all these link to climate change world wide, the projects like Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) are still appear as weaker mechanisms to deliver a wider range of support. Ironically  it makes business to the stakeholdres who expect massive profits even out of these life threatening problems!

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