Malaria is a killer of many children in Africa as it kills a child almost each minute. Thus, after various attempts to destroy or atleast curb the infectious disease, researchers at the University of Cape Town have finally found a chemical compound that may prove helpful in the same.
The statement comes with evidence from a trial that even low doses were beneficial in minimizing the effects of malaria parasite in victimized animals. While many treatments have been discovered or developed previously also, the shortcomings of these were demanding yet another cure strategy and this is possibly the one.
It has been found that some existing cures have side effects, while to some, the infection is resistant. However, the MMV390048 molecule synthesized and designed by the Medicines for Malaria Venture in Switzerland, Monash University in Australia and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute has the power to kill varied strains without any harm to patients.
With a hope to see millions of lives being saved with the new cure, Naledi Pandor, Science and Technology Minister’s team has also granted R25-million for the programme. Besides, Professor Kelly Chibale said, “Our scientific approach doesn’t require us to know how the molecule works, but rather to make sure that it does”.
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