Global Public Health



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Diseases | International Public Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

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Zimbabwe, a developing country in southeastern Africa, has a population of over 15 million people. The large majority of this population is at risk for various prevalent infectious disease including the significant threat that is Malaria. Zimbabwe is a country within what the World Health Organization determines as the “WHO African Region.” This region is where 90% of Malaria deaths occur worldwide. This brief provides reasons why malaria is such a major problem including the country’s general lack of clinics and key risk factors associated with contracting malaria. It was found that those most at-risk for malaria live in houses with open eaves, complete outdoor activities in the evening, wear short clothes, live within 3 kilometers of a river or swamp, or do not own protective mosquito nets. One proposed mechanism in beginning to solve this endemic is a significant redistribution of wealth or the provision of more accessible clinics.