Canadian researchers announce breakthrough in malaria treatment

March 19th, 2011 - 4:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, March 19 (ANI): Canadian researchers have made a major breakthrough in the fight against malaria.

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, along with Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, announced the breakthrough and highlighted the Government’s research support.

“Our government is committed to improving the health of women and children in developing countries,” said Goodyear.

“This new development in the production of a malaria treatment represents a major development in the fight against the disease. It will strengthen Canada’s position as a world leader in health research and provide a reliable and affordable solution.”

Artemisinin is a natural compound found in a traditional Chinese medicinal plant grown mainly in Africa and Asia to treat malaria. The Government of Canada’s investment of approximately 869,000 dollars in this research has led to technology that can produce a stable and affordable supply of artemisinin for the developing world on a not-for-profit basis.

“Collaboration on the development of this new technology promises to have a major impact on supply of malaria treatment across the developing world, which will be an important contribution towards the global effort to combat malaria,” said Richard Chin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld Health. (ANI)

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