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  • Malaria is killing thousands in Ethiopia in 2003

    Posted by Brian Jones

    2 December 2003 – sickmannson (52k image)

    Mekonnen is recuperating at home with his son Tadesse. There is currently a huge malaria epidemic in Ethiopia and there has been for the majority of 2003 and Mekonnen is one of its many victims. Whilst he rests at home he is not able to provide for his family. The malaria has to a large extent defined the emergency in Ethiopia during 2003. In a family of 7 people, AT LEAST 5 of them will have been ill. This inevitably includes the productive members of the family who are unable to work. Malaria has also proven to be a very large economic burden as people have been forced to divert existing funds to obtaining treatment or have been forced to sell their productive assets such as animals and land to be able to get medication. Sadly, for those in the very lowest income bracket like Mekonnen, there is no way to get funds and they often go un treated. They either live or they die and many have and continue to die this year. Mekonnen's fever has passed leaving him very weak, thin and in need of rest but thankfully alive. He is lucky that his wife can go out and get food for the family. Many are not so fortunate.

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