Professor Beeson and his team now think, any efforts towards a vaccine for malaria should recreate this natural immunity of Kenyans and to them, this finding is a super break-through in the fight against malaria.
Malaria poster in small hotel, Puerto Rico … San Juan (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
While Africa has always relied on Kenyans and Ethiopians for Gold in major sporting events such as Olympics, scientists who are faced with the huge tasks of dealing with the existential and emerging health issues of our time are beginning to look to the Kenyans for answers to world health concerns.
Australian scientists, engaged in a conscious struggle against the age-long problem of malaria are now saying, their studies in Kenya will very soon make malaria history throughout the world. Malaria kills millions of people in 90 countries with more than a half of these deaths coming from sub Saharan African.
While doing their research in Kenya recently, Australian scientists found quite amazingly that Kenyans who have been infected by malaria, later develop powerful immune systems that kill the malaria parasites. Lead researcher, professor James Beeson from the Melbourne Burnet Institute is convinced that Kenyans could help unlock the secrets of the Malaria that kills a child every 30 seconds around the world. Professor Beeson and his team now think, any efforts towards a vaccine for malaria should recreate this natural immunity of Kenyans and to them, this finding is a super break-through in the fight against malaria.
This is not the first time Kenyans are standing out as saviors in the quest for emerging global health issues. About 5 years ago, a team researchers trying to find answers to the complicated issues of the HIV found out that some good number of Kenyan prostitutes doing sex trade in Nairobi have a natural immunity to HIV. The researchers were consterned to discover that inspite of these prostitutes having unprotected sex with many HIV positive clients, they never become infected. A closer analysis of their blood revealed that they had unique cell structures that rendered HIV unable to multiply. Perhaps, the Kenyans should be taken more seriously by scientists than they are being taken now as the world battles against major killer diseases!