Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research
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Each year, malaria affects over 300 million people internationally, with up to two million deaths. Children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable. Malaria is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The social consequences of this tropical disease are enormous. In countries where malaria occurs, the burden extends beyond the individual and their family, it impedes economic development. An international health collaboration was established in 1996 between MSHR and the Indonesian Ministry of Healths National Institute of Health Research and Development. This collaborative program addresses the prevention and management of tropical diseases of importance to the region, with a number of studies being undertaken in Eastern Indonesia. A new collaboration has also been established with Papua New Guinea. Our research aims to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of malaria and tuberculosis. Skills exchange and training are an important part of the research. 10 | Infectious Diseases Division | Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report Malaria & International Health LEFT: MSHR International Health Program Clinician Dr Enny Kenangalem explains lung function testing to a patient with severe malaria at RSMM Hospital, Timika, Papua. BELOW: Mimika TB Program Director Dr Ardian Muhammad demonstrates his X-ray reading skills to (from left) Dr Graeme Maguire (MSHR), Assoc Prof Nick Anstey (MSHR), Dr Paul Kelly (MSHR), Pak Erens (Depkes Timika) and Dr Tjandra Handojo (RSMM). (Photos courtesy of International Health Program, MSHR)
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