Friday, April 25, 2008



Today is World Malaria Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the disease kills 1.3 million people each year, mostly children under the age of five. The United Nations has announced a new global initiative to eliminate malaria but it won't be easy:

The US National Institutes of Health said in a separate statement that malaria has proven to be "remarkably resilient, resurging because of the emergence of drug-resistant parasites and insecticide-resistant mosquitoes".

The U.N. plan calls for an emphasis on lower-technology measures:

Key interventions included distributing bed nets and using more insecticides, but only about two per cent of African children sleep under insecticide-treated bed nets.

But, as we all know, thanks to Michael Behe, the real foe we are up against is God ... opps ... "the Designer":

Here’s something to ponder long and hard: Malaria was intentionally designed. The molecular machinery with which the parasite invades red blood cells is an exquisitely purposeful arrangement of parts.

- The Edge of Evolution, p. 237

I suppose we can expect that the next move by the Designer to thwart any attempt to save innocent children from the ravages of this disease is super-strong mosquitoes fitted with gas masks able to rip their way through nets.

But let's try anyway, shall we?

Thanks for the heads up about this day. A missionary couple I knew years ago lost their ten-year-old sons to malaria. It was horrible for them.
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