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Trip to a Rural Village in Nepal
On Wednesday, Sonia Narang, reporting on maternal health in Nepal for The World, headed to a village where most women give birth at home.
Heading to nearby village at 6am Nepal time to film a 7-month pregnant woman who works in fields. Will walk an hour to get to her house.— Sonia Narang (@sonianarang)
The road was not as easy as she expected.
What was supposed to be a 1-hour walk to a village turned out to be a few-hour-long, rugged, mountainous climb. #nepal— Sonia Narang (@sonianarang)
She was finally able to interview Januka, who is seven months pregnant but still working in the fields.
25-year-old Masali Bamjan is the first in her family to give birth in a health facility. After 22 hours of labor, she was rushed to a birthing center an hour away. She now has a healthy 6-month-old son. Her mother-in-law Maya, in back, says all her children were born at home. #maternalhealth #nepal
Sonia Narang is reporting on maternal health and global development in Nepal for The World.
Spent today interviewing USAID Nepal #globalhealth officials at the US embassy in Kathmandu. Security rivals that of Delhi embassy.
Mefloquine belongs to a class of drugs known to be neurotoxic which is associated with permanent brain injury. It remains licensed for use, but I think the latest warnings by the FDA will spell the demise of mefloquine among most travelers.
FDA Issues its Strongest Warning on Anti-Malaria Drug Lariam
The anti-malaria drug has been used for years by the military and by international travelers. Mefloquine, sold as Lariam in the US, must now carry a “black box” warning on its label because of the drug’s serious neurological and psychiatric side effects.
Dr. Remington Nevin, a former Army epidemologist who’s done extensive research on the drug’s side-effects–including depression, anxiety, nightmares, paranoia, delusions and hallucinations–helped persuade the FDA to issue the warning.
When it comes to addressing the problem of malaria, the best offense is a good defense. That’s why governments and charities have focused on the production and distribution of bed nets, to protect families when they are sleeping and most prone to be bitter.
The insecticide within the fabric of the netting, called pyrethroids, are intended to kill the mosquito. But as reporter Amy Costello investigated for The World’s “Tracking Charity” series, this key weapon against malaria may be losing its effectiveness.
Source: theworld.org / The World