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  • Reply to: Brief histories of two contrasting strategies in the fight against malaria   1 day 21 hours ago

    Thank you Socrates for your support. I also just received this private msg from Torunn Stangeland which I wish to add to the discussion:

    -private msg -

    Thank you, this is a very interesting and good summery of efforts done to fight malaria. However it will need a joint effort, new policy in affected countries, new guidelines in the international fight against malaria, and investments to get it done. Is there anywhere in Africa SS where they try the environmental approach? I believe you are right. It is the way to get a sustainable decrease and elimination of the disease, but how to get governments and international initiatives to support it?

    Torunn Stangeland

    But my question is - how can we get the over-committed RBM and PMI programs to introduce the environmental approaches while they are so heavily involved in their Specialist Approaches?

    Any ideas?

    Bill Jobin

  • Reply to: Brief histories of two contrasting strategies in the fight against malaria   1 day 21 hours ago

    Thank you Socrates for your comment, and your historical perspective. It is nice to hear from people who care about the past - and the future.

    My continuing worry however, is how can we get the over-committed RBM and PMI to bring in the environmental approach, which they need to stabilize their programs.

    Any ideas?

    Bill Jobin

  • Reply to: Potassium in Artemisia plants, a key factor in malaria control?   2 days 12 hours ago

    The antioxidant efficiency of Artemisia annua has been described in several papers. More recently in Nigeria (P Chuckwurah, A Brisibe et al., Asian Pacific J of Trop Biomed., 2014. 4, 592-598). Artemisia afra even has stronger antioxidant properties (VUB, unpublished data). The mechanism of this action is not well understood and very complex.

    Potassium is known for its antioxidant properties (H Matsui et al, Hypertension, 2006, 48, 225-231), (K Ando et al., Curr Vasc Pharmacol, 2010, 8, 59-63), (Makiko Kido et al Hypertension, 2008, 51, 225-231).

    As the concentration of potassium in Artemisia herb is exceptionally high, could this to some extent explain the antioxidant properties and related health benefits.

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  • Reply to: A "vaccine" against malaria from Africa: ARTAVOL®.   4 days 13 hours ago

    Last week Patrick Ogwang received from the government of Uganda an award which is the first of its kind in Africa. The Ministry of Health recognizes Patrick Ogwang‘s role in research on herbal prevention of malaria.
    Patrick has described in several scientific papers how Artemisia annua infusion can not only cure but also prevent malaria. He has developed a prophylactic medicine called ARTAVOL which is a mixture of several plants.
    Let’s hope that other Ministries of Health in Africa will officially recognize the merits of herbal medicine against tropical diseases and break the dependance of their countries on imported drugs.