Disease Management

According to the UN malaria report 2008, half of the world’s population is at risk. With an estimated 247 million cases of malaria in 2006 worldwide, over 800,000 resulted in deaths and an astonishing 760,000 occurred in Africa. This is just the case of malaria alone!

It is worthy to acknowledge and appreciate past and on-going projects as well as efforts by donor organizations globally in helping to fight some of these diseases and bringing a much needed relief to many. Many countries have also reciprocated this gesture by making the efforts to sustain the gains made by these entities; however, as mentioned earlier, these efforts are often short-lived just as soon as donor funds are exhausted. Common reasons hampering adequate managing of these diseases are as follows:

  1. Most for-profit institutional studies have in the past centered on disease treatment and less if any on prevention.
  2. Relative high cost in studying disease strains from different environmental regions with a corresponding development and manufacturing of potent vaccines to fight the new strain.
  3. Support for disease prevention campaigns and public awareness have dwindled through the gradual removal of institutional support and sponsorship.
  4. Reluctance on the part of individuals to participate in programs for testing due to lack of incentives and motivation as compared to treatment drug trials.
  5. Global initiatives have slackened due to lack of governmental support and cooperation.
  6. Poor nutrition alongside poor living conditions negates the effect of treatment drugs.
  7. Outbreaks of new diseases have been a reflection of an already retarded immune system attributed to the genetic make up of most Africans.
  8. There are inadequate resources to help campaign effectively to create public awareness to combat diseases.
  9. Problems and difficulties in sustaining the achievements made over the long-term due to constantly declining standard of living and lack of political-will within third-world countries.
  10. Disingenuous self-interest seeking organization and institutions willing to “help” where there is a “qui-pro-quo”
  11. There is lack of basic training as well as access to quality medical training and continuing education.
  12. Cultural and religious life patterns negatively influence people’s willingness to embrace change.
  13. Constant migration of people across borders makes it difficult to totally curb diseases.
  14. Gross underlying ill health and poor genetic make-up of most Africans due to relatively closed family inter-marriages.
  15. Lack of a responsible monitoring organization and inadequacy of support structures to oversee and coordinate activities of other institution engaged in health fieldwork.
  16. There is a lack of proper communication channel, effective data control and management to ensure proper disease analysis and forecast.

There is lack of coordination and cooperation among institutions.