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Sometimes we post pictures referring to disasters where hundreds of people die. That's all right to remember those unfortunates and their families.
Perhaps there are already also some posts about the victims of the new H1N1 influenza A virus. That's all right too.
But the big news makers seem to forget other basic disasters.
During the five minutes that you read this, 9 people died of malaria, of which 8 are children younger than five years old. 91% of the dead are African.
This means that after the 24 hours of our day, 2700 people will be dead by malaria; that's around 1 million people per year. Data from the World Health Organization. Other reports put these figures three times higher.
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This healthy boy is on the pier of Baa das Gatas, So Vicente Island, Cape Verde. This is one of the few tropical countries with no malaria, because it is too dry for mosquitoes and has one of the best health cares in Africa.

The mountain in background is linked by a isthmus to the mainland at right, but it is difficult to see owing to the haze; that's why it seems a tilted horizon.
Location: * Localizao: 16.9037658, -24.9040961.
s vezes publicamos aqui imagens aludindo a catstrofes onde centenas de pessoas morrem. louvvel lembrar aqueles desafortunados e suas famlias.
Talvez j existam tambm algumas sobre as vtimas do novo vrus H1N1 da gripe A. Tudo bem.
Mas os grandes fornecedores de notcias parecem esquecer outras catstrofes bsicas.
Durante os cinco minutos que demoras a ler isto, 9 pessoas morreram de malria (ou paludismo), dos quais 8 so crianas menores de cinco anos. 91% dos mortos so africanos.
Isto significa que aps as 24 horas deste nosso dia 2700 pessoas morrem de malria; isto d cerca de 1 milho de pessoas por ano. Dados da Organizao Mundial de Sade. Outros relatrios multiplicam estes nmeros por trs.
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Este menino saudvel est no ponto da Baa das Gatas, ilha de So Vicente, Cabo Verde. Este um dos poucos pases tropicais sem malria, porque muito seco para os mosquitos e possui um dos melhores cuidados de sade em frica.

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