In the time it takes a stoplight to change from red to green on 'O' Street, a child dies from a very preventable and treatable disease. In Africa, a child succumbs to malaria every 45 seconds. The parasitic disease is transmitted by infected mosquitoes in places like Africa and India, and claimed more than 500,000 young lives in 2010 alone. In the 21st century, it's time we find a solution that puts an end to this human tragedy.
At the University of Nebraska Medical Center, that's just what Dr. Jonathan Vennerstrom and his team are working to do. Just this week, a single-dose cure for malaria developed by Vennerstrom cleared final approval requirements in India. Pending ongoing clinical trials, this treatment has the potential for saving countless lives.
This week, as a part of World Malaria Day, I had the privilege of discussing this promising research with Dr. Vennerstrom and Dr. Raj Shah, the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, who also has close ties to cutting-edge research at the University of Nebraska. Click here to view a short video.