Abha Light Foundation   Malaria Research Project 2010
July 2010 Newsbulletin 1
An Appeal
Dear ,
I have good news from Abha Light to share with you. It's about our landmark research project in malaria. I'm sending this email out only to certain friends of Abha Light.

I have a special request, however. While I'd be happy for you to share this news with your close friends when you meet them, PLEASE DO NOT post it on the web - not by email, nor facebook, twitter, etc, not on your blog site or web pages. There are selfish-interests who will go to any lengths to disrupt this effort... and I hope you don't help them inadvertently!

Visit our first vlog of the research at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VdUe-MurYg

Read on...
Malaria Prevention Study Launched 10 July 2010

Saturday July 10th was a great day for us, as over 300 people crowded into the remote community clinic to sign up for the Abha Light Malaria Prevention Research project. It has been a bit of a struggle to get to this momentous day, but we did it. Let me go back a bit and I'll tell you the story.
 
Even though we've been using in our clinics and mobiles our homeopathic malaria complex (MalariX) for these last 10 years to not only treat, but also prevent, malaria, we never have been able to track the results simply because it takes money. MalariX

In the beginning of 2009, however, we were given a generous donation and I was able to put that towards two things - registration of the product with the Kenyan Pharmacy and Poisons Board (the Kenyan equivalent of the FDA) and initiate the steps to pull together a proper study on the product. It took us nearly a year to complete all the steps necessary to pass all the requirements needed for government approval to conduct a research and get the product registered.
 
By then, we had the permissions to go ahead and a partnership with a private hospital, but the money had run dry. So we were stalled.
 
Who is "we", you ask? Well, myself of course, and -allow me to introduce you to- Shem Ochieng, our good friend and lead researcher. Shem has been our college instructor in health sciences all these years. Besides that, he's eminently qualified to conduct a research, being that is his line of work with a major university in Kenya.
 
Then one great friend of Abha Light introduced me to her colleague who is very interested in this type of thing and the next thing we knew, we're off and away. By April 2010 she and her colleague had raised through major donors £17,000 pounds to get the research underway.
 
By April 2010, too, the final green light was given by the Ministry of Health to go ahead with the research. In May we pulled many things together and with full speed returned back to the original private hospital to kick things off. Only when we got there with our bag and baggage, we find that the newly-changed administration had decided to decline our partnership and we left that place within the hour of our arrival.
 
Acu trainingWell, now we're a mad hunt to find a new venue. What a drag to be set back like this. The location and efficiency of that hospital would have assured us of a well documented and large field of volunteer subjects in a remote and high-risk malarial area.
 
But another friend of Abha Light came through, and in another remote village of Kenya, in a district that, indeed, rates among the highest infectious areas of the country, we found a place in the government dispensery. And so we were on 10 July registering admist chaos and organized disorganization as over 300 people poured into the clinic to join our research project.
 
All had to be tested, all had to be registered. There was hardly a way to predict all the glitches we faced that day - the second microscope couldn't work and we had call in a local guy just to bring us a screwdriver, and even then we couldn't get it to work, the assigned clinical officer begged off for the day and we were stuck until another was found and generously gave his time, the pharmacy ran out of conventional malaria medicine and we had to send for more, the electricity went off but luckily I had foreseen that one and we had a solar lamp for the one functioning microscope to use.
 
And the crowds! Everywhere people were clamoring to register. Like all villages, here too, the hopes to be malaria-free and, no less, the incentive we're paying, is significant enough to bring in a lot of people.
 
Well, we found only one or two persons who came who never get malaria, and needed to send him home as a result! In fact over 50% who came were currently infected with malaria. That means we are assured that the database will be authentic in that this is a highly infected area. According to the rules of our study, we must first treat them with the current conventional medicine approved by the MoH (which, an insider in government research tells me, is already failing after only 2 years in the market), then they will be started on our prevention medicine.malaria1
 
We have a great team for this project - including an advisor from KEMRI (the government research body), another from a malaria research body, and several other experts to ensure that we have a high standard of quality and controls. 


(Janet Levu, DHom, registering volunteers)
It will be a few months until we begin to see the results of this project. So we wait for developments.

But there is more...
Additional Study

In addition to the prevention study, we are also going to undertake a treatment study from our own clinics by bringing back the patients for a followup test. We hope to include about 200 patients.

Every month at our various clinics in Kenya we normally see about 150-250 patients for malaria treatment alone. It is from these patients who already come for treatment to our clinics that we will be able to draw conclusive data on treatment.
Your help is needed

This research is going to be a landmark for Kenya, Africa and Homeopathy at large. Members of the Kenyan government have shown interest in the results of this research. Many people are malaria2watching us with their hopes for our success.
 
There's certainly a mad rush to find the medicine that will work for prevention of malaria. To date, all attempts at inventing a malaria vaccine have failed. Even the government has directed to research into herbal and alternative medicine for solutions to this problem as conventional medicine has failed completely.
Didi & Shem at orientation

You can well imagine the implications for homeopathy of the potential success of this research. Not to mention, too, of course, the implications for all of Kenya and Africa if we can demonstrate what we believe is true - that Homeopathy is the solution for epidemic diseases.
 
However, we've undergone a lot of unexpected expenses, and more to come down the line. We're short of funds and need your help. We are trying to raise another £3500 (US$ 5300/ Euro 4000) in order to complete this 6-month study. Please, will you contribute and help us?
 
You can contribute directly through the following ways:
(a) Paypal to info@abhalight.org

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(b) UK Bank (with charity status)


Abha Light Foundation
Account Number: 33372359
BANK Branch: Barclays Bank, Hackney
Sort Code: 204660
IBAN: GB08 BARC 2046 6033 3723 59
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(c) Our partner in USA (with tax deduction for US citizens)
Make checks to "AMURT" and be sure to footnote the check "for Abha Light research". Email us to ensure that we're aware of the donation.

AMURT
2502 Lindley Terrace
Rockville, MD 20850

(d) Our charity partner in Netherlands
And be sure to footnote the check "for Abha Light research". Email us to ensure that we're aware of the donation.

www.stichtingnuru.nl
Sorcha Sickinghe 
Beenekussteeg 16    
7263 SB MariŽnvelde Tel: 0544-482881

(e) Direct to our account in Kenya
Abha Light Foundation
a/c 1-110-000-858
National Industrial Credit Bank, LTD
The Mall Branch, Nairobi
SWIFT code: NINCKENA
SORT Code: 041105
ABA 124-071-889 
 
With all regards and thanks for reading,
for Abha Light Foundation
Didi Ananda Ruchira, Director
Didi Ananda Ruchira, Director
Click here to view our first vlog of the research
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VdUe-MurYg