Active TopicsActive Topics  Display List of Forum MembersMemberlist  CalendarCalendar  Search The ForumSearch  HelpHelp
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin  Old ForumOld Forum  Twitter  Facebook
Advertisement:
         

Africa
 IslamiCity Forum - Islamic Discussion Forum : Regional : Africa
Message Icon Topic: Elephantitis Treatment donated Post Reply Post New Topic
Author Message
herjihad
 
Senior Member
Senior  Member
Avatar

Joined: 26 January 2005
Location: United States
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2473
Quote herjihad Replybullet Topic: Elephantitis Treatment donated
    Posted: 10 November 2005 at 2:46pm

Bismillah,

Malaria, Cholera, Parasites
You are in: Health24 : News : Malaria, Cholera, Parasites
< = src="[B1]" =text/>
New drive to thwart elephantiasis
Last updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2005
A new $3 million facility to produce a de-worming agent that will radically change the lives of people on the African continent and further afield opened in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) factory will manufacture the albendazole tablets for what could become the largest drug donation programme in global pharmaceutical industry history.

The company has been working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the past seven years on a programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) also known as elephantiasis by halting the transmission of the disease. This is being done by means of a mass rollout of drugs that has been shown to be effective.

LF is an infection caused by microscopic, parasitic worms that invade the lymphatic system. Mosquitoes spread the disease, which can lead to the enlargement and disfigurement of the arms, legs and genital organs, as well as fevers.

Over a billion people at risk
The disease threatens over one billion people in 80 countries and 120 million people are already affected, 40 million of whom are seriously incapacitated and disfigured by the disease. LF is one of the leading causes of permanent and long-term disability worldwide.

Two drugs given once a year for five years in a row can halt the transmission of the disease. Albendazole is one of these drugs. Merck & Co donates the other drug, called Mectizan.

This year alone, 140 million treatments of albendazole will be donated to 40 countries. Experts believe that with continuing efforts LF could become the second disease in history to be eliminated. Smallpox is the only disease ever to have been completely eradicated.

A case in point
"This week, I have seen this programme in action in Ghana," says Dr Jean-Pierre Garnier, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. "After four years, Ghana has hit its target of treating all 10 million people at risk from the disease."

Garnier believes that innovative solutions, like public-private partnerships, should be encouraged as a route to providing investment in disease areas where there are fewer treatments available.

"We rightly focus so much attention on the 'big three' (Aids, TB and malaria), because they are such killers. But we mustn't fall into the trap of forgetting those diseases which do not kill people directly, but do cause enormous suffering and poverty," he says.

More jobs in SA
An added bonus to South Africa is that the opening of the factory in Cape Town will boost the local economy by creating much-needed job opportunities.

"I am delighted to be part of this historical moment," South Africa's Deputy Minister of Health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge said at the opening function. "And I would like to thank GSK for building this plant in South Africa."

According to Dr Lorenzo Savioli, Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the WHO, a firm commitment from the governments of the countries that are affected is needed for the global eradication strategy to be effective. "But this donation (by GSK) makes the commitment just so much easier," Savioli says.

Countries affected by LF include Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola, Ghana and Mozambique. (Health24)
function rateMe(contentid,url,val){ openWindow("/tools/rating/h.rat e.article.asp?contentid=" + contentid + "&url=" + url + "&val=" + val,"350","300",0); }

Al-Hamdulillah (From a Married Muslimah) La Howla Wa La Quwata Illa BiLLah - There is no Effort or Power except with Allah's Will.
IP IP Logged
herjihad
 
Senior Member
Senior  Member
Avatar

Joined: 26 January 2005
Location: United States
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2473
Quote herjihad Replybullet Posted: 10 November 2005 at 2:47pm

Bismillah,

I hadn't heard this number: 120 million people have this!  But I heard for weeks that 50 people or so got the avian flu.  Hmm. 

Al-Hamdulillah (From a Married Muslimah) La Howla Wa La Quwata Illa BiLLah - There is no Effort or Power except with Allah's Will.
IP IP Logged
Post Reply Post New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Disclaimer:
The opinions expressed herein contain positions and viewpoints that are not necessarily those of IslamiCity. This forum is offered to stimulate dialogue and discussion in our continuing mission of being an educational organization.
If there is any issue with any of the postings please email to icforum at islamicity.com or if you are a forum's member you can use the report button.

Note: The 99 names of Allah avatars are courtesy of www.arthafez.com

Advertisement:



Sponsored by:
Islamicity Membership Program:
IslamiCity Donation Program  http://www.islamicity.com/Donate
IslamiCity Arabic eLearning http://www.islamiCity.com/ArabAcademy
Complete Domain & Hosting Solutions www.icDomain.com
Home for Muslim Tunes www.icTunes.com
Islamic Video Collections www.islamiTV.com
IslamiCity Marriage Site www.icMarriage.com