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
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
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
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.
A recent video presentation by Prof Ivor Mueller, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Melbourne, reveals progress in the fight to eliminate asymptomatic P. vivax. Thanks to RAM District Supervisor Shelley Gurney (D9810) for bringing the video to our attention. The presentation was useful as it takes our understanding one step further from what we learned from Prof Shanks at the 2020 Virtual Conference. Some key points: P. vivax is harder to … Continued