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10/30/2013

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Hopkinsa14

This article brought to my attention a few different areas in which malaria impedes development particularly tourism. I never based my trips on whether or not a region was malarious, however my mother does. When I asked her why worry when I can be vaccinated, she replied you never know. I thought this seemed a bit narrow minded however, malaria is still a huge threat killing between 1 and 3 million people a year, and it should be taken seriously. My mother is just one of probably millions who dictate their travels based on the presence of this disease, and as a result malarious areas lose the opportunity to profit off the business of tourism. Thus, I believe resources should be on combatting malaria rather than trying to breath life into the tourism business.

I have been thinking about unconventional ways to to decrease the amount of people infected and killed by malaria. It seems obvious to increase the amount of mosquito nets available to people as well as vaccines. However because mosquitos thrive around water, I was thinking that it could be beneficial to put resources towards creating sewer systems especially in marshy and swampy regions. The addition of sewage waste I would think would exacerbate the problem, thus addressing it might have a positive impact on the number of people affected per year.

Daniel Molon

This article looks at the debilitating effects of malaria in tropical areas. Malaria’s effects are much more pronounced than is often attributed, as traditionally, the only things that get attributed to malaria are missing days of work, and potential death. However, malaria is so prevalent in tropical areas of the world, that it has had cultural and sociological effects, such as household decision-making with regards to fertility, saving, crop choices, schooling, and migration. Malaria has also affected the decisions of the first world, when considering capital investment and tourism with tropical areas. All of these negative effects have caused malaria to be a major factor in determining the poverty level of tropical regions. If first world countries began viewing investment in tropical areas less in terms of providing physical capital, and instead began trying to improve the human capital, then they would increase investment in healthcare in the region. With improved health services, than not only would children miss fewer days of school and improve the quality of their education, but the communities would be more likely to invest in children’s education as their mortality rates decrease and life expectancy’s increase. By living longer, missing fewer days of work, and getting a better education, the people’s incomes in these areas should greatly improve. The long run benefits of increased healthcare investment would improve the education, health, and incomes in the tropics, which are three of the main factors considered when determining the quality of life in an area.

D

This article brought up I think a number of interesting points. First, the health effects of malaria are a concrete example of the dual causality we talk about in class. Not only does poverty seem to contribute to the prevalence of malaria, but perhaps more significantly malaria contributes to poverty. The most profound example of this is when the author discusses the effect of malaria upon children. Here we also see how health interacts with education and human capital development. Another interesting point was the discussion of the trade off between quantity and quality. This was something also brought up in the article we read Tuesday. I think it is somewhat of a strange way to think about investment in children but seemingly it is effective. I wonder if anyone has ever made an argument along these lines with regards to China's one child policy. Does the mandated decrease in the quantity lead to increased quality? Is that a significant contributor to increased educational levels in China? Removing the moral questions surrounding the policy it would be interesting to see the effects on human capital.

-James

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