Global Health Policies, Resource Allocation And Current Progress On The Disease

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Malaria in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, malaria is widespread in large areas at altitudes below 2,000 meters, resulting in a sizeable portion of the population being at risk (Adimi, Soebiyanto, Safi, & Kiang, 2010). The numerous amount of people potentially affected in this region creates a global concern and requires a review of the global resources set up in this region. This paper will discuss the social and economic factors associated with Malaria in Afghanistan as well as the U.S. global health policies, resource allocation and current progress on the disease.
Social Factors Malaria in Afghanistan is an issue for the U.S. because of the U.S. troops still fighting and living in Afghanistan. The potential for U.S. troops to be affected by malaria is high related to the routine living conditions of the Afghani public and the nearness the troops are to the local population. Decades of military conflicts have contributed to the instability in Afghanistan, abandoning the once successful malaria control program, and crumbling the public health infrastructure (Adimi et al, 2010). Population movements, because of social issues related to religious or military sects, leads to increased potential for malaria transmission. Currently, approximately 60% of the population, or nearly 14 million people, live in a malaria prevalent area (Adimi et al, 2010). The social norm in Afghanistan is, the man is the head of the household (Howard, Shafi, Jones, & Rowland 2010). As a result,
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