Venezuelan doctor fights against malaria and mos ...

Venezuelan doctor fights against malaria and mos …

May 29, 2014

Venezuelan doctor Carlos Chaccour examines a minor from the Pemón de Mawayen indigenous community near the Caroní River, on the border between Venezuela and Brazil

A small device 2 millimeters in diameter that is inserted under the skin of the arm is the latest idea to fight malaria. The development of this implant, similar to contraceptives, is the work of Malaria Mission, an initiative of the Tropical Health research group of the University of Navarra and the Clinic of Navarra.

It is made up of a small silicone implant that releases an insecticide which kills the mosquitoes that bite its wearer. The initiative, still in the experimentation phase, seeks 15,000 euros of financing through a crowfunding campaign. It has been developed by Carlos Chaccour, coordinator of Malaria Mission, with an idea that began to mature from his travels to areas affected by malaria in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil that border the Amazon.

Chaccour specializes in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which belongs to the University of London. In the university faculty, he met the researcher Julie Chaccour, his current wife and another of the members of his work group.

The implant contains ivermectin, a “safe and widely used” medicine in the tropics to control various parasitic diseases, which is released over a long period of time in the wearer and causes mosquitoes to die when bitten.

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