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Human Rights Maps (109): Malaria

malaria map

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Malaria map

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Each year, there are around 350-500 million new cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people, the majority of whom are young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Ninety percent of malaria-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is commonly associated with poverty – a human rights violations – and can indeed be a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development.

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And here’s a reminder that malaria was once common in the U.S.:

Map of malarial deaths in the United States, 1870

Map of malarial deaths in the United States, 1870

(source, click image to enlarge)

More human rights maps are here (some specifically about health matters are here, some about poverty here).

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The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (15): Prayer is the Best Cure

At the deathbed, 1940, by Sámal Joensen Mikines

At the deathbed, 1940, by Sámal Joensen Mikines

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The mother of an 11-year-old girl who died of undiagnosed diabetes as the family prayed for her to get better testified Tuesday that she believes sickness is caused by sin and can be cured by God.

Leilani Neumann told the jury in her husband’s trial that she thought her daughter’s March 2008 illness was a test of her religious faith and she didn’t take the girl to a doctor because that would have been “complete disobedience to what we believe”. (source)

More absurd human rights violations.

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