Mary and Martha - HBO movie?


Apr 21st, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Mary and Martha - HBO movie?

Anyone watch this? On HBO that I'm sure will be repeated over the next few weeks.

About two mothers whose sons - a 9/yr old and 25/yr old - died from Malaria.

Mary, with 9/yr old planning 6/mos in South Africa when checking with doc what meds/inocs required that when she asked about malaria, the doc replied "not required as it's winter down there.' The other, Martha whose son was heading to Mozambique to teach English, had given his malaria meds to the local children he felt needed them more.

Both contracted the disease and each died within a few days...

We all know there is no inoc against this deadly disease, but until there is.... taking the meds is the best thing, along with sleeping under bednets, using repellent and proper dress from dusk-to-dawn and at first sign of flu-like symptoms get medical care immediately.

So whenever you hear an individual who is planning travel to a malaria area telling you they won't take the meds for whatever reason - "it's not the season, too expensive, tummy upset" - remind them there are more deaths from malaria 'each year', than all the wars since the US has existed.
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Apr 21st, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Who believes American mother and father (with what looks like plenty of education and money) choose NOT to take anti malaria medications, or give to their young son when going into a region with an epidemic?
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 06:04 AM
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I don't find it hard to believe. The adult, well-educated son of a friend went to Brazil without taking the yellow fever shot. He came home and died before being diagnosed.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 11:38 AM
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In the film, maybe the malaria meds weren't required for where they were staying in SA, but it was when they headed off to Mozambique for a few days, staying in rather rustic housing, with no windows and only nets... that the kid was bitten. And the 25/yr old was working in Mozambique... in rather primative housing, but having given his meds to the kids.

In both, it seems: 'whatever could go wrong did' which is a reminder to all of us that we have to be involved and seriously know what's best and not ignore the possibilities and not think you're a hypo! You're in the danger zone... take care.

I too know and heard of people who have visited areas of Malaria or even Yellow Fever who sadly didn't take the meds, or if they did something went wrong; or didn't have the YF inoc and likewise died... These diseases have to be taken seriously for us travelers, more importantly those who live in in these countries/areas... the little one's especially.

Right now there are trials being done on a inoc that has resulted in about 40% effectiveness, but for sure when the % increases, it should go to locals. But, in the meantime you can donate to Nothing but Nets, where I believe yours will be matched by the Gates Foundation.
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