An estimated 350 million worldwide are currently infected by malaria, 80 %of the children according to the World Health Organization. In sub Saharan Africa, every year, an estimated 60,000 children under 5, die of malaria (UNICEF). I manage malaria microscopy education.
Microscopy remains the reference method for the diagnosis and phenotyping of malaria. Rapid Diagnostic tests are useful for screening populations, however, they lack sensitivity and the ability to identify the specific species of plasmodium. Phenotyping is critical. 33% of Africa have a genetic glucose disorder. If misdiagnosed and provided the wrong prescription, blood clots form leading to strokes, heart attacks, and deaths. PCR technology can diagnose and phenotype. However, the instrumentation is very costly and the cost per test hovers around $50 USD. The average family income in sub Saharan Africa is less than $4,000 annually.
My company, the Global Health Institute provides me with a budget of $160,000 USD to pay universities in target countries to conduct accredited microscopy training to World Health Organization standards. That budget covers the cost of transporting, feeding and housing student technologists. The budget also pays for the professors and licensed technologists to teach clinical microscopy to diagnose malaria and other fevers.
I depend upon small grants from Rotary clubs to buy desperately needed microscopes to be placed in clinical laboratories to be used to conduct blood examinations. Last year, we conducted a very successful pilot in Ghana at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. We trained 30 technologists hands on. All 30 are now placed in labs conducting microscopic blood exams. The Rotary Club of Weija West hosted. The first lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo praised Rotary for their assistance. The Rotary Club 4 of Seattle and Malaria Partners International provided funding.
This year, the plan is to conduct training in Burkina Faso and Botswana. We are also planning training in Port Hartcourt Nigeria and in Kenya. We are also conducting additional training in Ghana. I an asking for your assistance. The microscopes cost $250 USD each. I hope to raise enough funds for 160.
My Rotary Club is the Phoenix 100. The International Outreach Committee has granted me $2,000 for donation to malaria microscopy education. When I attended grant training back on March 19, I was told the district could possibly match this donation three to one. I hope and pray this proposal is accepted. My budget for the purchase of microscopes is $7,000 for each location. I need you help with just one!