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malaria and local blogging

May 31, 2014 - 19:33 -- Cliff Landesman

Why is there so little blogging about malaria from a local perspective? Those who live in regions of endemic malaria are not writing about it. As a result, it is hard to follow progress in combating malaria in a particular region. For example, I have an interest in malaria in western Kenya. However, it is difficult to know what programs are in place there, who is involved, what progress has been made. I am willing to bet that there is not a single blog anywhere where people living in an endemic region talk about malaria.

There is WHO and a community of professional malariologists, but rarely do we hear the voices of people who live in a region where malaria is endemic.

One way to address this would be to hire a local reporter to be a malaria story teller. The person could talk to people in the region, interview individuals in research centers, the ministry of health, local health centers, doctors, and local residents, and tell their stories. To take western Kenya as an example again, one could hire a writer in Kisumu, which is the third largest city in Kenya, and at very little cost have the person report on malaria from a local perspective.