As Republicans rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, COVID-19 could play a pivotal role in the outcome. Some Republican senators with the virus may be unable to cast their vote in person, as required.
India has the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 cases, growing by a seven-day average of 69,368. Yet despite a stigma against contracting coronavirus, few people seem to be taking precautions seriously.
Written in a style attractive to non-specialists, this book combines evidence from natural and social sciences to examine the impact on Africa of seven cholera pandemics since 1817, particularly the current impact of cholera on such major countries as Senegal, Angola, Mozambique, Congo, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Cholera’s explosion in Africa involves such variables as migration, armed conflict, climate change, and changing disease ecology. Myron Echenberg highlights the irony that this once-terrible scourge, having receded from most of the globe, now kills thousands of Africans annually – Africa now accounts for more than 90 percent of the world’s cases and deaths – and leaves many more with severe developmental impairment.
Responsibility for the suffering of thousands of infants and children who survive the disease but are left with acute developmental impairment is shared by Western lending and health institutions and by often venal and incompetent African leadership. Cholera is no longer a bio-medical riddle. Inexpensive and effective oral rehydration therapy can now control the impact of cholera, while modest investment in potable water and sewage infrastructure helps prevent major outbreaks. If the threat of this old scourge is addressed with more urgency, great progress in the public health of Africans can be achieved.
Myron Echenberg is former Chair of the History Department at McGill University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies and previously served as President of the Canadian Association of African Studies. Professor Echenberg is the author of Plague Ports: The Global Urban Impact of Bubonic Plague, 1894-1901; Black Death, White Medicine: Bubonic Plague and the Politics of Public Health in Colonial Senegal, 1914-1945; and Colonial Conscripts: The Tirailleurs Sénégalais in French West Africa, 1857-1960, which won the Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association for the outstanding original scholarly work published during 1991.
Paperback : 230 pages
ISBN-10 : 0521188202
ISBN-13 : 978-0521188203
Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.58 x 9 inches
Publisher : Cambridge University Press; Illustrated Edition (May 12, 2011)
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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel talks with Rachel Maddow about how the armed protests at the Michigan state capitol served as a means of outreach and recruitment for right wing extremists like the men charged today with plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor. Aired on 10/08/2020
Before President Trump fell ill, the most talked-about debate issue was his refusal to clearly denounce white supremacy and the far right group the Proud Boys. Kristofer Goldsmith is a U.S. Army veteran, having enlisted after 9/11, and he has spent years tracking the efforts of extremist organizations to recruit American soldiers. As he explains to Hari Sreenivasan, white supremacist hate groups pose a serious danger to democracy. Originally aired on October 6, 2020.
Neal Katyal, the former Acting U.S. Solicitor General, joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss Donald Trump’s failure to behave in a presidential way by calling for Attorney General Barr to indict Joe Biden & Barack Obama. Aired on 10/08/2020
Former top DHS official Elizabeth Neumann on the arrest of men linked an anti-government militia group for their plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and how the president exacerbated their actions. Aired on 10/08/2020
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