The film « The Fever » of Katharina Weingärtner was released on September 25 and is well received by public and media. It depicts the fight of African universities and grassroot organizations for local solutions and remedies against the sharp increase in malaria fatalities over the recent years. 500 000 more in 2020 according to WHO !
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Pascal Gisenya and Nsengiyumva Bati Daddy
Tuberculosis kills 2 000 000 people every year. And the situation is dramatic because the disease becomes resistant to conventional pharmaceutical treatments.
Pascal Gisenya, Pierre Lutgen
Mucosal surfaces represent a major interface between host and environment. They constitute the point of entry of most infectious pathogens, and are in contact with potentially injurious antigens present in the normal mucosal microflora and in ingested or inhaled substances.
MUCOSAL LININGS ARE RICH IN IMMUNOGLOBULINS
submitted by Pierre Lutgen, Jerome Munyangi and Mutaz Akkawi
Zinc (Zn) plays an essential role in many biological processes including immune response. Impaired Zn status promotes immune dysfunction, and it has been associated with enhanced chronic inflammation during aging. Zinc has a pivotal role in the entire immune system fostering resistance to infections by virus, fungi and bacteria. The immune system is strongly impaired by zinc deficiency, predominantly the cell-mediated response by T-lymphocytes.
In a recent review paper we described the strong antimalarial properties of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), but also raised some concerns about the potential risks for viral infections.
Jérôme Munyangi, Pierre Lutgen, Artemisia plants, arachidonic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids. Malaria World Journal MWJ 2020, 11:3.
The role of immunoglobulines E
In January 2020 we published together with 3 medical doctors from Africa: “Jérôme, Munyangi, Pascal Gisenya, Patrick Ogwang …Immunoglobulins in the skin lead to long-lasting prophylaxis. Pharm Pharmacol Int Journal, PPIJ, 2020, Issue1”, a paper which, if widely spread, could have had a dramatic impact on the way the present Covid-19 crisis is handled.
One of the key findings of their work is that immunoglobulins are higher in malaria endemic areas.
In my previous comments on www.malariaworld.org I alerted to the possibility that the widespread malaria infections in sub-Saharan Africa might provide a protection against the Covid virus. Trying to find an explanation for this observation might be important.
Gametocytes are loaded with hemozoin resulting from hemoglobulin consumption. Their voracious need of this food may explain why they hide in the bone marrow where they find a large supply of young red blood cells generated by erythropoiesis. Malaria leads to hemolysis and anemia, often severe, and this triggers and amplifies erythropoiesis. Over the years it became evident that not only intravenous artesunate often causes hemolysis, but also ACT therapy.
From prehistoric times man has looked to wild and domestic animals for sources of herbal remedies. Both folklore and living examples provide accounts of how medicinal plants were obtained by observing the behaviour of animals. Animals too learn about the details of self-medication by watching each other. To date, perhaps the most striking scientific studies of animal self-medication have been made on the African great apes.
This document was submitted to us by Jerôme Munyangi, who run the successful large scale clinical trials against malaria with Artemisia plants in Maniema, RDC.
(Jerome Munyangi et al., Artemisia annua and Artemisia afra tea infusions vs. artesunate-amodiaquine(ASAQ) in treating Plasmodium falciparum malaria in a large scale, doubleblind, randomized clinical trialPhytomedicine, 2019, 57, 49-56)
Our association IFBV-BELHERB shares his concern for his African sisters and brothers. They should not be used as guinea pigs by Bigpharma.