I have an app on my phone that shows me news headlines from all the major newspapers each day. Sometimes at night, when I’m in bed waiting to go to sleep, I check to see what’s happening out there in the world. Last night I found this article and it kept me awake a long time. I was fascinated by the work this Dr. Adrian Hill is doing at Oxford. This is HUGE. This is amazingly wonderful.
I’ve had malaria. I spent 4 years living in South Africa and West Africa. I faithfully took malaria medication to keep my body safe. But I was bit by a mosquito who had developed an immunity to the Chloroquine I was taking. I spent a few weeks in bed, with horrible fever and chills and wild dreams. I became anemic and weak. I lost weight. As soon as my strength returned a bit, it hit me a second time and I was down again. I understand something about malaria. I have felt it suck the strength out of my body and I have seen it attack the lives of many of my friends and loved ones.
Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. I read this in the article last night:
Hill’s desire to eliminate malaria is an ambitious goal. The parasite behind the disease — Plasmodium falciparum — infected 214 million people in 2015, and caused more than 430,000 deaths. “[If we] compare this with Ebola … the same year we had almost 500,000 malaria deaths … if malaria was new and suddenly killing half a million people on the continent and hadn’t been doing that before there would be a global panic,” says Hill.
I applaud the work on this Doctor Hill and his team. I hope he finds success in helping to eradicate this deadly disease. I will be cheering him on from here.
You can read the full article here: