Supporting IFS means contributing to a better world and healthier people!

Published: 2023-04-30

We have reached the end of April and the first third of this year has already passed. So far, we have not seen the positive turn we have hoped for, regarding what is happening around us in the world. Many wars are still going on, the war in Sudan being the most recent one gaining attention in international media. While being aware of the reality, it is also important to keep in mind that many good things are taking place too.

Research contributing to a better world and healthier people is ongoing, and exactly what IFS supports. In April IFS drew attention to the importance of supporting this research, in our social media.

We started with World Health Day on 7 April. This year’s theme was “Health For All”, and we highlighted some of the keywords associated with projects that IFS is supporting, demonstrating the width and importance of this theme:

International Mother Earth Day

22 April was International Mother Earth Dayand here we wanted to show that supporting IFS means supporting research that contributes to saving our planet:

World Malaria Day

The last post for this month was on World Malaria Day, 25 April. Malaria is the killer of more than half a million people every year. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where most of our grantees live, shoulder about 93% of all malaria deaths globally. Among the most vulnerable groups are young children. At World Malaria Day, IFS emphasized the importance of supporting malaria research. Last year’s social media post was re-posted, and here we highlighted two of our grantees whose research is on malaria:

Ms Adaeze Echezona

IFS grantee Ms Adaeze Echezona's (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) project aims to improve the clinical outcome of artemether and doxycycline in treating malaria by using liposomes as a drug delivery system. This delivery system is predicted to quickly cross biological barriers, making the two drugs more effective for treating severe and cerebral malaria.

Dr Harouna Sore

IFS grantee Dr Harouna Sore, a researcher at Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme in Burkina Faso, is studying the malarial transmission-blocking functions of a compound called lophirone E, isolated from the stem of the African plant Lophira lanceolata.

So, when entering May, which in the Nordic countries means entering a season with more warming sunshine, let’s remind ourselves of all the good movements going on around the world and support these whenever we can! 




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