Apac: Malaria Town

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Unreported World

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Apac in northern Uganda has been dubbed "the malaria capital of the world".


Its mosquito-infested swamps mean that the town's residents are\like a living blood bank for the insects, with people bitten on average\six times a night. Reporter Oliver Steeds and director Will West find\that the local hospital can't handle the 5,000 malaria patients that\turn up each week and has run out of medicine despite Uganda receiving\£ 20m of antimalarial drugs from the international community. They\discover many of the drugs are sold on the black market. A stark\assessment of the situation comes from the hospital's pharmacist: "If\you can't pay for the drugs, you die." Meanwhile, local farmers are\caught in a hideous bind: spraying crops with mosquito-repelling\insecticide will help save lives, but it also renders their crops\unsellable to European supermarkets.
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\'Nothing, it seems, is ever simple, and as ever Unreported World made a\fine job of showing us how'
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\'The first in a new run of the fine foreign affairs strand'
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First Broadcast

October 1, 2010

Broadcaster

Credits


Producer Director

Will West


Reporter

Oliver Steeds

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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