Chemoprevention: new method of combating malaria shows promise
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/13/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A new tactic for fighting malaria seems to be working and doctors are seeking to expand the practice to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. The tactic, called chemoprevention, gives children small doses of malaria medicine to prevent sickness.
Malaria chemoprevention treatments are surprisingly effective and cheap.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new method of administering anti-malaria medicines to children appears to be working to reduce malaria infection rates in the Sahel region of Africa. The Sahel, which is the semiarid region south of the Sahara desert, is heavily populated and during the rainy season, which lasts from July to October, malaria cases skyrocket.
Malaria remains one of the world's greatest killers with children the most vulnerable. The disease disrupts lives, worker productivity, and kills millions. Finding more effective ways to combat the disease is critical.
Click here and save a child from malaria!
Mosquito nets, abatement programs and medicine distribution programs have helped to reduce the incidence of malaria overall, however the disease still spreads during the rainy seasons.
Unfortunately, children in the Sahel tend to starve during the start of the rainy season because there is an annual shortfall of food before the harvest season and food prices rise because of limited supply. Children who are malnourished are much more likely to die from malaria because they lack the nutrition to ward off the parasite.
Now, doctors have found that chemoprevention works very well to prevent the disease from appearing in children. The method involves administering regular, but tiny doses of malaria medication to children. The doses themselves are small, too small to cure malaria, but significant enough in repeated doses to reduce the incidence of malaria.
Each dose of the drugs costs just 25 cents and blister packs are distributed to kids once per month.
Children in Niger and Mali are the current beneficiaries of the World Health Organization program that is administered via Doctors Without Borders. Last year 206,000 children were treated.
WHO officials would like to expand the program, but are looking for more funding to accomplish the goal.
Your Catholic Voice Foundation is also collecting donations to fight Malaria through our BUY A DOSE, GIVE A DOSE campaign. For each donation that YCVF receives from readers, they will match the donation dollar for dollar. Please consider contributing to this important cause.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
An Australian man whose friends call him 'Dr. Death,' has invented a 3D printable suicide machine. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading
What does it feel like to die? This is a question that everyone has, but few people can answer. Now, a growing body of scientific and ... continue reading
In 2013, Beyonce Knowles topped GQ's list of "The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century." San Francisco, CA (CNA/EWTN News) - That same ... continue reading
Aspirin may help people avoid many cancers, according to a study of 600,000 people performed in China. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading
The next global outbreak has arrived. Plague is spreading across Africa and is one flight away from going global as experts warn 'something is different' Watch
Millions of people around the world, including you, are in danger, but few people know it. However, experts from the World Health ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Declassified video may be best evidence yet of UFOs
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 HD Video
- St. Rufus: Saint of the Day for Monday, December 18, 2017
- Daily Readings for Monday, December 18, 2017
- What kind of pizza does Pope Francis like for his birthday? HD Video
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPE FRANCIS! - Pope celebrates with a PIZZA PARTY!
- The world's suffering little ones - don't forget them this Christmas
- Commission recommends Church end priestly celibacy and confession to stop child sex abuse HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, December 18th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, December 17th, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way