- CCTV: Fears new strain of Malaria could spread
"A looming malaria catastrophe" is how some scientists are describing the emergence of a strain of the parasite which is resistant to drugs. It`s been discovered in remote areas of Thailand. Researchers fear- unless they can find out why it`s happening-the resistance could spread, threatening not just Asia but the world. read more...
- Video: The Frontline of Artemisinin Resistance: SMRU on the Thai-Myanmar Border ARTE Reportage 2012
- Seven Days : Malaria drug resistance spreading
- OXFORD : Drug-resistant malaria on Burma border threatens malaria control
- The Times : Scientists try to halt spread of deadly drug-resistant malaria
- Independent : Millions at risk as main malaria drug loses potency
- The Guardian : Fight against malaria falters as drug resistance spreads
- 100,000 patients treated
- 18,000 antenatal clinic visits
- 1,000 babies safely delivered
- 15,000 cases of malaria treated
- 10,000 children vaccinated
Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) Appeal
SMRUs clinics along the Thai-Burma border offer free healthcare to people from ethnic minorities seeking refuge from the 25 years conflict in their Burmese homelands.
One of the worlds leading centres for malaria research, SMRUs scientific achievements in understanding malaria could not happen without the provision of this health care to the local population.
Donations direct to the local communitySMRUs expatriate doctors are supported by research grants so donations directly benefit local people, providing medicines and diagnostic tests, employing and training local people as nurses, midwives and the support staff needed to run the network of clinics.
SMRU, WWARN and the University of OxfordSMRU is a part of the Mahidol University Thailand - Oxford Research Unit (MORU). The University of Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine (CTM) hosts a number of research groups. Some groups - like Thailand-MORU and Thailand-SMRU - are permanently based in Africa and Asia. WWARNs Secretariat is based at CTM with regional centres in Senegal, Kenya and Thailand and associated research activities in Paris, Cape Town, USA and Australia.