M. Lynx Qualey informed her blog followers of a crowd-sourced fundraising effort to preserve manuscripts in Mali. Later, she tweeted a link to a History Forum post by Duke University Department of History Professor Bruce Hall in which Professor Hall raised objections to the T160K project. Continue reading
Photo: In the Madaoua and Bouza districts of Niger, there were an average of seven deaths for every 10,000 children every day last year. More than half of the deaths were due to malaria. © Juan-Carlos Tomasi
A Vicious Cycle in Sahel
Malaria and malnutrition are closely related. This is played out dramatically in Africa’s Sahel region during the “hunger gap” months. Food stocks run low and new crops are not ready for harvest, so malnutrition is at its peak; meanwhile, the rainy season, when mosquitoes breed, is in full swing. The diseases combine in a vicious circle: malnourished children with weak immune systems can’t fight diseases including malaria; children sick with malaria are more likely to become dangerously malnourished.
Fighting Double Impact of Malnutrition and Malaria in Niger
A food crisis is affecting an estimated 18 million people across Africa’s Sahel region right now, including in Niger, where 4 million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition, with at least 1 million at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition. At the same time, 80 percent of children who come to MSF clinics in Niger test positive for malaria. MSF is trying to reach those who need help the most.
What I think the issue is, as I’ve said here, is that AFRICOM is taking a very narrow view of “prevention” – that the strengthening of security apparatuses is a quick, obvious, and flawed way of preventing a group like al-Qaeda from gaining a foothold. As I stated, I don’t think it can work on its own in the long run, and that the way Flintlock and related projects are being carried out is going to make a sustainable answer harder, not easier, to implement.