Archive for December, 2011

14
Dec
11

Whats next

The AIDS/Malaria problem is far from finished and as we know it will take many years, longer than our lifetimes, to completely put an end to these problems

In the 2000 summit, the U.N defined this goal by saying that their goal was to reverse the spread of these diseases by 2015. As this goal is simply unachievable we must instead look at improving the goal at  summit that the U.N will be holding in 2015 so that it may be solved by 2030. The U.N. must now look at re-evaluating and re-assessing these goals so that they may be achievable in the future.

However this in not the end of the problem. The MDG clearly said “to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. Other diseases include things like Tuberculosis, Typhoid and pretty much every cancer known to man. These diseases continue to affect people everyday in both developing and developed countries. They will be problems to solve in the future and will pose challenges to be met for many years to come.

References:

www.un.org

and myself 🙂

14
Dec
11

Malaria, a Culmination

When I began this blog i believed that MDG#6 was most important because of its global effects and the human lives that it was costing. Malaria for me at the start was the smaller of the two listed diseases and the one that i thought i would pay less attention to. In that aspect I was wrong.

Malaria, as i have come to realize is just as big of a deal as AIDS itself. Of course as with AIDS I did still have a goal in mind and once again my goal was to inform, but this time to also spread a greater awareness of what the disease really is and the true complications behind it. I believe that here to i have achieved my purpose because I once again believe that everyone who has read my posts haas learned something new about malaria and has become more aware of its implications.

The topics that i have covered with Malaria include:

– What it is

– How it is transferred

– Its global effects

– Its local effects

– Proactive people supporting the goal

– Organizations supporting the goal

– Our individual impacts

– Technology

– And the future of the disease

I believe that since the start of the blog my opinions on the matter of Malaria have in fact changed greatly as i no longer consider it as less of a deadly of threatening disease than AIDS. I still do believe, as i did from the start however that It is a major problem in our world today that needs to be solved. I believe that as a student i have learned much from this blog and that i have added greatly to my current scientific knowledge. I leave the main topic of this blog with a new view on our MDG’s and a newfound interest in this goal in particular that i believe will remain for years to come.

14
Dec
11

AIDS, a Culmination

At the beginning of this blog I summarized why i believed that this MDG#6 was the most important of all the MDG’s. I believed that it was the most important because AIDS was a world pandemic and that it was a major problem that the world needed to take on to be solved.

Throughout each topic that i decided to post I had a single unifying goal in mind. To inform. My purpose, as I see it, was to inform whoever sees this blog about AIDS and the problems and hardships that it causes worldwide. I believe that i have achieved my purpose because i believe that everyone who has read this blog has learned something and took away something of value that can put toward the future.

In this blog so far i have covered the topics (on AIDS) of:

– How it works

– What it does

– How it affects the world

– How it affects one country in general

– People who are fighting for a change

– Corporations that are looking towards change

– How we as individuals can make a difference in the world

– How technology helps us in our struggle to find a cure

– And how AIDS will look in the future

Personally I believe that i have learned a lot myself about this MDG that i never knew before and i believe that my opinions of the MDG and its importance have only grown stronger since the start of this blog. In relation to my science knowledge i believe that i have grown much in my general attitude towards AIDS and in my general know how of the subject. Finally I believe that there is:

 

14
Dec
11

Malaria in the Future

Malaria is a disease that affects millions of lives every day and will continue to affect millions more if a permanent, affordable and accessible cure is brought around soon.

Malaria is disease that is totally preventable if the medication necessary was readily available to all those who are in need of it. Scientists are striving everyday to find a cure that is cheap and effective at delivering a cure for AIDS. A successful vaccine has not been found yet although some scientists believe that it is not far off. Scientists have been discovering new things about the disease every year and now that a over the counter drug line-up that can cure Malaria is well plausible and underway it is likely they will find a way to cure the disease with a single vaccine in a similar manner.

Yet despite all this progress Malaria is still a global issue and it will take the resources and input of numerous countries in order to solve. The free worldwide distribution of the already available malaria drug is the first step that is necessary to fight the Malaria virus. Many of those less fortunate than us in Canada cannot afford to buy the medicine to heal themselves and loved ones around them, the first world must understand that every country and every peoples has a right to good health and a right to survive past their childhood free of charge.

Before these key changes are made the future of Malaria will stay depressingly bleak. Without reaching these conclusions and accepting these values the world will be nowhere near ready to fulfill its 2015 dream of having reverse the spread of Malaria around the Globe.

 

 

References:

http://www.stanford.edu/class/humbio103/ParaSites2003/Malaria/FUTURE.htm

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/289/5485/1763.full

14
Dec
11

AIDS in the Future

AIDS has been an going problem in the world for years and is still a problem to this very day. However this may not be the case for the future.

Science is advancing everyday and everyday new barriers are broken and new paths are found on the road to discovering the ultimate cure for AIDS. So far our scientists have succeeded in slowing down the progress of this disease, who’s to say that it won’t be cured. The prospect of AIDS is improving, albeit slowly AIDS is beginning to slow down and the disease is beginning to become less and less mysterious to researchers around the globe. We have begun to anticipate different behaviours of the disease and have begun to able to preliminarily predict what it will do next.

Despite all these positives though there is still almost no chance of the disease reversing completely all around the globe by 2015. This is partially due to the fact that AIDS is a very adaptable and unpredictable disease, it can literally vary in behaviour from one person to the next, it has been called the slipperiest of diseases on more than one occasion for a reason. In fact although the progress is positive it may not even be in our lifetimes that we discover the cure to AIDS and even longer still before we eradicate it completely, if ever. AIDS may be a problem that may not be solved for even another few centuries. Many scientists believe that future of AIDS cures may be extremely bleak and that in fact in may be an incurable disease. See here.

I for one do not believe in an incurable disease. Being an optimist i can’t imagine that humanity, with all its resources, potential and people cannot find a cure to the disease. I believe that a cure will be found, whether tomorrow or in a few centuries.

AIDS is a disease that is taken very seriously in the world and many speculate what the future will bring for it, but truly only time can tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/58431/nicholas-eberstadt/the-future-of-aids

http://www.ftpress.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1663688

14
Dec
11

Malaria and Me

Malaria is a disease that is directly tied in with millions of people world wide and millions more indirectly. In a way it is a disease that affects the entire world, as the entire world is susceptible to it. Malaria is a disease that every person can find away to combat, even in the smallest of ways. As students in science 10 we can effectively make a difference once again through what we learned in our curriculum and what we can do as individual global citizens.

Malaria is a disease that once again mainly pertains to our biology unit. Although our level of learning and understanding of the disease may be limited, it is still enough to comprehend the diseases main characteristics and it is enough to understand how the disease behaves. From this we can inform and create awareness about the disease that we can communicate to others.

At home we can spread awareness about the disease in the same way that we can spread awareness about AIDS/HIV. We can seek to inform and educate others on the matter of Malaria and other such diseases and create a global understanding of the importance of awareness in MDG#6.

 

References:

None used.

14
Dec
11

AIDS and Me

AIDS is a challenge that can be taken up by any person at any time, it is a burden to all people and every single person has the ability to help the U.N in their goal to fight it.

As a student in Science 10 we can make links to this U.N MDG within our curriculum and also in our everyday lives. Within our biology unit is the basic but key factors to understanding how AIDS works and how AIDS can spread.

In our biology unit we learned about the structure of different cells and biological systems. Through this unit in the same way we can understand the physical characteristics of HIV by the way the virus behaves and they way it attacks the body. We can learn the properties of the virus and can even learn of how it lodges on to body cells and affects them thereon.

In the everyday we can take up the mantle for MDG#6 by spreading awareness of the HIV/AIDS problem, just like this blog and many others out on the internet. We can also support causes around the world and vocalize global AIDS issues on behalf of those who cannot.

 

 

References:

none used.