The ELCA Malaria Campaign is working with our companions on various kinds of malaria programming– treatment, education and prevention. The “prevention” part would be a lot easier if there were an effective malaria vaccine available.
At the moment, there is a lot of research underway (some of which is funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), but there is not yet a vaccine.
That’s why I was so excited to read this article (thanks for the tip, Jeff Cours) from BBC News that details a new vaccine trial that took place in Burkino Faso. In the small study, vaccinated children showed a rate of infection three to four times lower than non-vaccinated children. It’s a start– a promising start. An expanded version of the vaccine trial has begun in Mali, with 800 participants.
This vaccine would be relatively cheap to produce and would be effective across the different strains of malaria.
We’re really at a turning point in history. Within years, malaria could be contained and overcome, in Africa and all over the world. And the ELCA and our companions will be among those who have worked together to bring about the life-saving change.
God’s work. Our hands.