Help Eradicate Malaria

Dr Jack Richards and his team are working hard to develop a diagnostic test that will enable effective treatment and eradication of malaria.

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It’s one of science’s biggest ironies. Breakthroughs in laboratory research have provided the drugs that result in healthier, longer lives. But for some, the drug that’s meant to cure is doing the exact opposite.

For the 400 million people in the world living with an inborn disorder called glucose-6-phophate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, this is a reality.

And for the many thousands with this condition living in malaria endemic countries, this is a deadly concern.

On one hand, health care workers cannot widely administer an effective malaria drug in case people have a G6PD condition. But on the other, if they withhold treatment, patients will suffer multiple attacks of malaria, each one potentially leading to serious and life-threatening complications.

Dr Richards and his committed team of researchers are developing a point-of-care test that can effectively diagnose G6PD deficiency.

“We’re talking of mass screening – we want to use this test to screen thousands of people, so health care workers can use it to deliver a result in as little as five minutes.

It’s a race against the clock. In poorer countries in the Asia-Pacific, malaria is still on the rise. If we are to truly eliminate this disease, we need to be able to deliver this novel technology to the most isolated areas.

Will you help Jack and his team develop this crucial diagnostic test which could save lives of vulnerable people? We hope we can count on your support today. Thank you.

Jack's work developing the G6PD diagnostic test is an ambitious project that will lead to better health outcomes. Can I count on you to help turn it into reality?

Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Burnet Institute Director and CEO

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