TOO MUCH RAIN
|It rained all day today ... for the second day in a row. I feel so damp that I must have mold growing on me someplace.|
WHY HERE? WHY NOW?
Today, I got to speak to some of the people who make up the Malaria Division in Kenya's Ministry of Health. A good bunch of folk, to be sure. They welcomed me with – what else? – a nice cup of steaming Ketepa tea, a home-grown favorite. It was delicious.
Of course, they were very familiar with Dr. Pascual's research about the warming climate in this part of Kenya. They also told me that other researchers say the upturn in cases of malaria might be due to other factors – parasites becoming resistant to the drugs that are out there – people not using enough pesticides to kill the mosquitoes – even changes in where people are now choosing to live.
Dr. Pascual, I'm sure, agrees with them. But I think she's identified an X factor that cannot be denied.
Check out these web sites to find out more about malaria, climate change, and the connection between the two.