A Vaccine for Malaria?

Malaria vacine

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:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/01/health/cnn-frontiers-adrian-hill-malaria-vaccine/index.html

 Here are a few interesting bits:

Malaria parasite

Malaria vaccine-vials

Malaria blood cells

Malaria Dr Hill and team

Malaria mosquito dissecting

Malaria 4 stages

Malaria mosquito nets

Malaria drugs

Malaria spraying

Malaria immunizing

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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