Malaria Drug Found To Build up to 80 Percent Immunity.

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A new malaria preventive drug has been found to build up to 80 percent immunity in humans. The drug, developed out of a combination of extracts from artemisia, avocado seed and lemon grass, is under monitoring by researchers from the Natural Chemotherapeutic Laboratories. Dr. Patrick Ogwang, the lead researcher, says that the results reveal that the drug builds the immunity over a period of about 5 weeks. //Cue in: iWhen I analyzed the results# Cue cases of malaria.i// The drug's immunity-building abilities are being tested in a way that the compound in artemisia which is also used in coartem is removed, Ogwang says. //Cue in: iThat plant contains# Cue out:#that artemesinine compound.i// The development process of the drug started about 3 years ago. It was a result of observing communities which were taking artemisia and lemon grass in their tea, who said the herbs prevented them from malaria. The drug is a blend of compounds such as vitamin A and Zinc got out of avocado seed, and other compounds found in artemisia and lemon grass. Lemon grass is a traditional tea flavouring herb, but Ogwang says research has proven that its oils control the growth of malaria parasites in the body. The drug is being tested in Entebbe, Kabale and Kaberamaido. The research site at Wagagai Health Centre in Kisenyi, Entebbe, has been monitoring about 150 study participants for 3 months now. Abrahams Omoding, the Study Physician, says that no study participant has reported a malaria attack in this period. Moses Odongo, a study participant, says that he used to get malaria almost every two weeks before enrolling in the drug trial. Now 10 weeks into the trial, he says that he hasn't shown any signs of the disease. Each study participant comes to the health centre and drinks about 250ml of the drug dissolved in tea, once a week. The participants' body reaction to the drug is checked and records taken. The researchers are also getting the avocado seed powder and fortifying it with extracts from the other two herbs, to form pellets, which can be dissolved in tea. Ogwang says that at this site, malaria prevalence was about 30 percent before the study but presently it is at 16 percent.


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