We conducted an experiment in Kara, Togo December 28, 2013, and the reasons for failure are hilarious.
After weeks of observations, study, and questioning, we finally started an experiment to solve one of the root causes of malaria here in Kara. Togo. We decided that single use plastic shopping bags are clogging all the waterways of Kara, Togo, therefore the water stops flowing, puddles, and the mosquitoes have standing water to lay eggs.
There are two primary ways to kill mosquitoes:
1. Insecticides sprayings of air of adult mosquitoes.
2. Larvicide’s of standing water, killing the mosquito eggs, or larva.
It is 50 times easier to manage the waterways, then the air, therefore the most effective method of stopping mosquitoes is to standing water the breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
In Kara, Togo the plastic single use plastic bags have created trash dams in all the waterways. Therefore, we started a small neighborhood experiment to help the residences burn the trash.
We believe that to have sustainable develpment, we must continually test new ideas and strategies, and failure is proof we are working at solving problems related to malaria.
Sadly, if feels that the primary goal of most anti-malaria projects is the collection of money.
Failure number one, we have two more experiments in the works.
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Keep it simple. Low cost community based clinics in Ethiopa are keeping mortality rate of children born in Ethiopia way down since they were instituted in 1990, no big NGOs, no Do Gooders riding around in SUVs with free housing and salary, no glassy eyed volunteers in granny dresses saving the world, just Africans themselves http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/19/255448192/simple-cheap-health-remedies-cut-child-mortality-in-ethiopia?utm_content=socialflowandutm_campaign=nprfacebookandutm_source=nprandutm_medium=facebook Problem here in Central America, usually from August to November, end of rainy season is Dengue Fever, Malaria limited to very remote low lying areas, Had Dengue in 1988 in Honduras. Check the Search Engines for a good solution not too toxic that kills larvae in the water. Good Luck, when you succeed in wiping out Malaria you get an SUV and free 2 BR Apartment of your choice!!!!!! A suggestion register MalariaNIMBY.org on http://www.idealist.org/ as Director, your non profit will appear on Idealist worldwide in several languages, volunteers always want to do something.
Next experiment is this, we will put up U shaped concrete burn areas. This will allow the pigs, goats, and chickens to scrounge around. Sadly, these animals are always in the trash eating. But a U shaped concrete cement area will not be stolen. I am now debating about whether to use cement blocks, or to have it pre-cast, something we can move?
The diesel fuel is a good idea, but first will try the NEEM Tree, there are leaves, when dried, that sprinkled on the water are supposed to kill larvae. I am trying to map out all the waterways in Kara, there are so many ditches, but most are dry except for puddles.
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