Dr. Jianping Song of the Artemisinin-based combination therapy has called on African governments to show more commitment in technical and healthcare to enable more support to eliminate malaria in the continent.
The World Health Organization used Artemisinin during mass Drug Administration to control malaria in Sierra Leone in 2014, targeting three million people. The successful administration of the malaria drugs came as a result of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.
In 2004, the University became a member of the 211 Project of Guangdong Province.
The President of the University, Wang Shegliang, said that the University presently has 18, 000 students on campus and 2, 400 are from Africa and South-East Asia, adding that graduates from the University have helped their countries in improving their health conditions.
“We have been supporting African Countries because we continue to see the continent as a key partner in development,” Wang said, and further assured that the University will continue to support Africa so that it citizens will be healthier.
The antimalarial research team of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) initiated a strategy called FEMSE through Mass Drug Administration (MDA) with Artemisinin-based combination therapy to eliminate malaria. The drug was introduced in Comoros, which was a high malaria epidemic area in 2006, and succeeded in lowering the disease without death in a short period.
Artemisinin is a lactone derived from the Artemisia annua plant. This plant’s common plant name is sweet wormwood or Qing Hao in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for at least 2,000 years to treat fevers, including Malaria. It is currently used for this purpose in modern medicine.
This supplement is also claimed to have anti-aging applications, to support the immune system and has restorative properties for febrile conditions.
Malaria is a global pandemic especially in Africa. The United Nations World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report in 2013 shows about 207 million malaria cases and 627, 000 deaths occurred in 2012. An estimated 3.4 billion people continue to be at risk of malaria, as 80% of malaria cases occur in Africa.
The antimalarial drug, Artequick was invented through the antimalarial team of the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, and it is a fourth generation of Artemisinin-based combination that owns proprietary intellectual property rights and has achieved patent protection in 38 countries and gone in 18 malaria epidemic countries.
In 2003, about 4, 000 people were diagnosed with malaria, with 20 severe cases that resulted to death due to late treatment.
Dr. Jianping Song of the Artemisinin-based combination therapy said in his presentation that there are about 2, 000 cases of malaria in China, most of which are coming from Africa.
“We have a very good cooperation with African Countries and have assisted and will continue to assist in areas like technical and healthcare supports,” he said, and added that African Governments need to show interest to enable more support to eliminate malaria in the continent.
“We care so much about human lives and we are sure that Artemisinin will significant contribution in the fight against malaria in Africa,” Dr. Song assured, and stated that “you cannot kill all the mosquitoes in an environment, which is why we are focussing on treating the parasite in the human body.