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

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

New partnership launched to accelerate the elimination of relapsing P. vivax malaria

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Recently, the Partnership for Vivax Elimination (PAVE) was formed to support malaria endemic countries including Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Thailand, in their quest to eliminate Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax). This partnership is critical because more than one-third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting P. vivax and it is the most common form of malaria outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Young children and pregnant women are impacted the most. … Continued

We need vaccines against malaria. Why has development been so slow?

Written by Kerre A. Willsher, PhD The 39 countries that have eliminated Malaria cannot afford to become complacent (World Health Organization, 2021), and nor can anyone else. With continuous exposure to Malaria, people develop some immunity to it. However, when Malaria is eliminated, the population does not have exposure and begin to lose their immunity (World Health Organization, 2021). If there is a recurrence of Indigenous Malaria, the risk of severe or fatal illness greatly … 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

Launch of the updated World Health Organization framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes

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Malaria and other vector-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and Zika, affect millions worldwide. More than 400,000 people a year die from malaria alone, a disease transmitted by deadly anopheles mosquitoes (World Health Organization, 2021). Genetically modified mosquitoes are tested as part of the effort to provide another valuable resource to fight mosquito-borne diseases and eliminate their vast social and economic burden. The World Health Organization launched the new framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes … Continued

City of Whitehorse, Melbourne Rotary Clubs Fundraise for RAM Australia

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Peter McPhee, a member of the Rotary Club of Mitcham (Victoria), and of District 9810 Rotarians Against Malaria Committee, plus other Rotarians, sold raffle tickets as part of a RAM fundraiser at the Whitehorse Market recently. The raffle coincided with the baton relay for the centenary of Rotary in Australia. The six Rotary Clubs in the City of Whitehorse combine to run the market on the second Sunday of each month. Income comes from the … Continued

What will it take to eradicate malaria?

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What will it take to eradicate malaria? This article by González‑Silva & Rabinovich (2021) in Malaria Journal draws on the history of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to highlight the insights into the eradication of a pathogen. The authors highlighted the ongoing need to be open and adapt to the changing bio and socio-political contexts over time on the journey to eradication.