RAM and Malaria: Oops there goes a billion-kilowatt dam

Dr Kerre Willsher, D9510 RAM Blogger We hope that everyone is well and head butting that Covid 19.  At the moment, I am employed at a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) distribution centre. The RATs are theoretically similar to the malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) except that drops of blood are used for the RDT. Many countries use RDT as part of malaria surveillance, including the Solomon Islands project for Active Case Detection (ACD) of malaria … Continued

Quarterly Update: August-October 2021

Written by Kerre Willsher, PhD The Covid19 mayhem means that Rotarians Against Malaria has their work cut out for them in many cases. Fortunately, with the assistance of Rotary Clubs, Districts, and the general public, we are “up to it.” 1.5 million malaria cases and 7.6 million malaria-related deaths have been prevented since 2000 (World Health Organization, 2021). Dr Jenny Kerrison reports that there will be a one-off stipend of $29,500 for a Papua/New Guinean scholar … 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