Originally posted by twhitehead
It is cost effective - very much so.
In Zambia malaria takes an enormous toll. Nobody benefits from that loss. Employers loose an enormous amount. Parents suffer and are held back economically etc. Medicines and hospital costs are enormous.
The arrival of treated mosquito nets has made a massive difference to the incidence of malaria and this has result ...[text shortened]... world wide to helping poor people, but most businesses are too short sighted to factor that in.
annually the death toll from malaria has been consistently around one million since 1960 (that's the furthest back records i could find) with nigeria topping the list. there's no doubt that money has been pumped into trying to deal with malaria but with zero results if you look at it.
unicef in 97 lunches campaign against maleria
2008 they wonder why the death toll remains constant despite around $220 million apparently being put into preventing the spread of malaria.
i'm sure you knew the country with the highest malaria death toll in the world is nigeria... i don't know about you but when you mention nigeria i think corrupt government. do you think these two are coincidences? i don't think so.
'third world' governments are generally useless at helping their people when given aid. would also add that richer nations are good at promising aid but no were near as good at delivering.
If one would expect an average of say 5 sick days per employee per year as a result of malaria, I don't have actual figures but I would guess that by giving mosquito nets to employees they would have bring that down to less than 1 per year.
don't make up numbers. you have no idea how many days are lost at work because of malaria... plus mosquito nets are mostly used in bed, yes? what happens the rest of the time? ... but the main concerns has to be the number of infant fatalities.
it's cost effective to look after your workers yes... but it it really cost effective to prevent the vast majority of malaria cases? (which is totally possible) is it cost effective to eradicate world poverty? again possible but it will never happen... the larger richer nations would prefer to look after themselves you know and turn their back on the major sufferings around the world. as long as the elite is stocked up on caviar and foie gras everything is golden.