The Country 's Geographical Location And Cultural Experiences

1885 Words Aug 10th, 2015 8 Pages
“I remember it like it was yesterday; the high fever, the unbearable aches, the chills and the constant vomiting. I had it three times myself and so did my cousins. If my aunt was not a nurse, we probably would not be having this conversation right now.” said my good friend Virgile while describing his experience with Malaria. Virgile is from the Ivory Coast, where he lived the majority of his life before immigrating to the United States with his family. When I asked to speak to him to gain some insight on Malaria and its effect on the people of that region of West Africa, he was more than willing to help. He described his time in the Ivory Coast as a happy childhood. He remembers vividly the experiences that really make his place of birth home and was excited to share them with me. I wanted to understand the role that the country’s geographical location and cultural experiences played in the spread of Malaria. I had no idea that my friend had many firsthand encounters with the disease or that his aunt was a nurse who had treated thousands of patients with the disease. Malaria, locally called palu, is one of the greatest health priorities in the Ivory Coast because of its incidence and related morbidity and mortality. Although it affects people of all ages and sexes, the most at risk are children under 5 and pregnant women. Malaria is considered the number one killer amid children in Ivory Coast (ICMRT, n.d.). The cause of the illness is the bites from the female…
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