Posts tagged “malaria”

  • TED talk: Sonia Shah on Malaria over 80,000 views

    September 16, 2013

    Sonia Shah’s, author of Crude, Ted Talk on TEDGlobal titled, “Sonia Shah: 3 reasons we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria” had over 80,000 views when it aired this September.

    “We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to its eradication.

    Science historian Sonia Shah explores the surprisingly fascinating story behind an ancient scourge: malaria.

    Why you should listen to her

    Aided by economics, culture, its own resilience and that of the insect that carries it (the mosquito), the malaria parasite has determined for thousands of years the health and course not only of human lives, but also of whole civilizations. In her book The Fever, author Sonia Shah outlines the epic and devastating history of malaria and shows how it still infects 500 million people every year, and kills half a million, in a context where economic inequality collides with science and biology.” -TED Talk

    Listen to Shah’s thought provoking talk as she goes in depth into the disease, its effects, and the carriers of the disease.

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  • Sonia Shah: TED conference lecturer exploits African women & children

    Sonia Shah: TED conference lecturer exploits African women & children

    March 9, 2010

    From Sonia Shah's article at Ms. about Nathan Myhrvold and the idea of using lasers to eliminate malaria in Africa: ... At the annual techno-hip TED conference in February, Myhrvold decided to up the ante, tapping into the misery of millions of rural African women and their families to wrap his business in a cloak of moral urgency. “Every 43 seconds a child dies of malaria,” he told the crowd. And current anti-malaria interventions, many of which target the rural African women and children who are malaria’s main victims, don’t work that well, he said. Insecticides can be environmentally dangerous and some people use anti-mosquito bednets to catch fish instead. That’s why Myhrvold came up with his latest invention: A mini-”Star Wars” weapons system that tracks mosquitoes in the air and shoots them down mid-flight–with lasers, of course. Like a Death Ray. All you need to make one is a Blu-ray player and a laser printer, plus a few months of processing time on a supercomputer, and voila!: you’re on your way to eradicating malaria in Africa for good. Oh. My.

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