Lifeblood by Alex Perry
How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time

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In 2006, the Wall Street pioneer and philanthropist Ray Chambers flicked through some holiday snapshots taken by his friend, development economist Jeff Sachs, and remarked on the placid beauty of a group of sleeping Malawian children. “They’re not sleeping,” Sachs told him. “They’re in malarial comas. A few days later, they were all dead.” Chambers had long avoided the public eye, but this moment sparked his determination to coordinate an unprecedented, worldwide effort to eradicate a disease that has haunted humanity since before the advent of medicine.

Award-winning journalist Alex Perry obtained unique access to Chambers, now the UN Special Envoy for Malaria. In this book, Perry weaves together science and history with on-the-ground reporting and a riveting exposé of the workings of humanitarian aid to document Chambers’ campaign. By replacing traditional ideas of assistance with business acumen and hustle, Chambers saved millions of lives, and upturned current notions of aid, forging a new path not just for the developing world but for global business and philanthropy.

 

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Alex Perry is Time's Africa bureau chief, based in Cape Town. He is the author of Falling Off the Edge: Globalization, World Peace and Other Lies (2009).
 
Published September 6, 2011 by PublicAffairs. 258 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The author cites impressive data on disease reduction, clinic-building, etc., but there are still questions: How do you sustain disease control, teach proper net use and replace nets when they wear out.

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Much foreign aid can simply be stolen by corrupt third-world bureaucrats, — a chronic problem that the aid world, from the United Nations to nongovernmental organizations, seemed unable to resolve.

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Still, by December 2010, with countdown clocks ticking on their desks, Mr. Chambers's team had overseen the financing and distribution of a staggering 289 million bednets, an achievement that Mr. Perry calls "one of the most successful aid campaigns of all time."

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“In order to dramatically illustrate the effectiveness of the malaria campaign, Mr. Perry began and ended the book with visits to ‘the most malarious places on earth.’ The contrast could not be greater.

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A few days later, they were all dead.” Chambers had long avoided the public eye, but this moment sparked his determination to coordinate an unprecedented, worldwide effort to eradicate a disease that has haunted humanity since before the advent of medicine. Award-winning journalist Alex Perry ...

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