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Introducing the Drops for Life Program

Zagaya is pleased to take part in a new program, Drops for Life. We plan to deliver malaria treatments to two of our distinguished partners: the Healthstore, specifically their work in various regions of Kenya, and JLM, a pharmaceutical distribution company operating to increase the access of pediatric malaria services in Uganda. Both of these partners support a network of health workers and clinics.

clinic mission upclose

The mission statement of one of the clinics supported by the Healthstore, written on the outside of the building for all to see.

This program is made possible with the help of our long term partner, Amyris. Technology used by them to develop semi-synthetic artemisinin became the precursor to Neossance® Squalane, an alternative emollient created in response to the prevalent use of squalane derived from shark liver in cosmetic products. This has resulted in Biossance, a skincare line. And with the launch of their most recent moisturizer, The Revitalizer, the company has promised $1 to Zagaya for every bottle sold. Get your bottle today or donate directly to the program!

UCSF Global Health Science students on grand convergence

To the UCSF Global Health Sciences students, “global health means being united toward achieving a grand convergence of health outcomes, which is possible for the first time in history. This grand convergence is possible within our life times if we can focus global efforts in specific areas. We have used this video to portray how investment in health can improve the health of low income countries to the best performing middle income countries. It is an injustice not to address these health disparities when we have the resources to do so. We end with a call to action, to unite in belief and effort to bridge these health gaps within one generation.”

A colleague of ours has produced this video. Let us (and her) know what you think!

Malaria parasite in action

Watch the first high resolution video that captured the moment when a malaria parasite invades a human red blood cell. You can see the parasite push its way through the cell wall then multiply and burst the cell spreading even  more parasites.

The Plasmodium parasite responsible for malaria is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes, and is thought to kill almost 1 million people worldwide each year.

The video was captured back in 2011 by Jake Baum at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. Baum and colleagues used transmission electron microscopy, immuno-fluorescence and 3D super-resolution microscopy to record thousands of high-definition images of separate invasion events, a process that takes less than 30 seconds.

See the video and read the full story.

WMD Presentations Available

Select presentation slides from the 2014 Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium are available on the Zagaya website for your viewing pleasure. Speakers who were able to share their materials after the symposium have graciously provided pdf versions of their power point presentations. You may access these materials on the 2014 Symposium page and browse by session.

 

 

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