Thousands worldwide could be saved with basic care. In 2003, 8.8 million lives were lost needlessly to preventable diseases, infections, and childbirth complications. Malawi once had an aggressive vaccination program, but is now caught in a storm of deadly diseases, fueled by the AIDS crisis. Nalinkina Majomeka, 22, suffering from meningitis, is examined by a student doctor at Lilongwe Central Hospital in Malawi. Malawi depends entirely on donor support for health coverage.
(Dominic Chavez/Boston Globe)