Combined drug therapy utilizing Imatinib in the treatment of Falciparum Malaria

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Malaria causes over 400,000 deaths annually and impacts the lives of over two billion people worldwide damaging family livelihoods and national economies (World Health Organization, 2020).  There were 229 million new cases in 2019 (World Health Organization, 2020). Major efforts in recent years have resulted in Malaria elimination in several countries. However, drug resistance is a major threat to elimination, and there are signs of malaria parasite resistance to the Artemisin-based combination therapies (ACT),  currently … Continued

Climate, environment and the transmission of malaria

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A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the world’s leading authority on climate science – has warned that climate change will probably cause global temperatures to rise by more than 1.5C, bringing widespread extreme weather. Today we are highlighting a recent article by Antonella Rossati, Olivia Bargiacchi, Vesselina Kroumova, Marco Zaramella, Annamaria Caputo, Pietro Luigi Garavelli on climate, environment and transmission of malaria. We have excerpted the abstract below, and … Continued

The World Health Organization E 2025 Initiative

3.2 billion people are at risk of being infected with Malaria, and each year, more than 400,000 people die of it (Wangdi & Clements, 2018; World Health Organization, 2017, 2021b). The E 2025 initiative developed as the result of the identification by the World Health Organization of another 25 countries that have the capacity to eliminate Malaria by 2025. E2025 builds upon E 2020 which supported 21 countries in their effort to eliminate Malaria by … Continued

Maintaining zero malaria in Timor Leste: Our International Service to open doors into the hearts of Rotarians and non-Rotarians

Introduction Malaria is a life-threatening disease. Globally, in 2018, malaria threatened the lives of nearly 50% of the global population. In that year, an estimated 228 million were infected with malaria and there were 405,000 deaths with an estimated 1,109 deaths per day. The most at risk for malarial deaths were children under five who made up 67% of the deaths in 2018. The other sinister aspect of malaria is that it plunges victims into … Continued

Quarterly Update: May-July 2021

In addition to our quarterly newsletters, you can read on to find out about the main highlights from the last quarter. By Dr. Kerre Willsher D9510 & Dr. Jenny Kerrison D9830 Speaking at Rotary clubs is a key strategy for us to raise awareness of the scourge of malaria in our partner countries, and of RAM’s humanitarian work. Despite periods of lockdown due to Covid-19, many of us found opportunities to promote our work to … Continued

Malaria Parasites Found in Spleens

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Written by Kerre A. Willsher, PhD. Scientists have recently discovered that Malaria treatment and containment is even trickier that first thought because plasmodium can also be concealed in the spleen as well as the liver. The spleen has a vital role in immunity to disease, destruction of parasites and the filtration of  blood. The discovery which was made in Papua Province, Indonesia, was reported in a recent editions of the New England Journal of Medicine … Continued