Understanding the impacts of malaria through the lens of experts

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Edwina Baden-Powell

It is a biological hazard that, over the course of human history, has taken the lives of millions of people. Malaria is still found in disastrous levels in LEDCs across Africa and Asia. This series looks at how this infectious disease is caused, the devastating impact it can have on poverty-stricken communities, and the management strategies that have sought to control the disease in the past and the ones that could eradicate it in the future.

Impacts of Malaria

Dr James Tibenderana, technical director of the Malaria Consortium, knows the impact of malaria better than most, having contracted the deadly parasitic disease as a child. In this video, James unpicks the effects malaria can have on an infected individual, their family and the community. Students will learn that malaria causes more than an intense fever, it can have serious economic ramifications too.

Senior secondary students of Geography and Health courses will find this extremely beneficial as they watch experts in the field analyse and evaluate the various strategies used to control the disease in the world today.

Series: Understanding Malaria
Production Year: 2019
Audience: Secondary, Tertiary
Subject: Geography

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Impacts of Malaria is one episode in our three-part series exploring how this infectious disease affect
communities. See more videos in the series below:

Causes of Malaria

This video describes the natural and built conditions that can lead a buzzing mosquito to become a menacing killer. By first exploring how Plasmodium falciparum, a microscopic parasite, is carried by mosquitoes from one unfortunate human host to another, students will learn about the environments and climates that allow malaria’s deadly cycle to thrive.

Strategies for Managing Malaria

Including interviews with world-leading scientists and researchers, this video evaluates the many management strategies that have been employed in the fight against malaria. From physical barriers, to hazardous natural predators, controversial pesticides, and costly drugs and repellents, students will come to understand that no single measure is perfect on its own. However, spatial technologies, like MARA, and advances in genetic engineering, provide hope that malaria may become a disease of history.

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