Sonia Shah is an investigative journalist who has spent several years of her life studying malaria and its impact on human history. She is author of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years. In this new TED Talk, Shah discusses the scientific, economic, cultural and political challenges that have prevented humans from eliminating malaria from our world.
Last year, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Shah when she gave a colloquy presentation at Wartburg College, in connection with their Wartburg Malaria Initiative. I was impressed with her sincerity, her depth of research and the clarity of her presentation.
As I watched the talk, I was additionally struck by the fact the Ms. Shah has a deep appreciation for what we in the ELCA like to call “accompaniment”–walking with our global neighbors in a way that is mutually accountable and mutually uplifting, and moving beyond outdated ideas and unequal relationships based on colonialism. In her TED talk, Shah asks a question that I believe is wonderfully answered through the approach of malaria programs supported by your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign: “What if we attacked this disease according to the priorities of the people who lived with it?”
I encourage you to watch the video, which can be seen below or accessed here. It will be 15 minutes well spent!