Archive - April 29, 2015

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Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65) With Nepal Relief Contact
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Malaria, Mefloquine, and Peace Corps: What Price Protection? Part Two
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Malaria, Mefloquine, and Peace Corps: What Price Protection? Part One
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Brownie Lee (Togo 1962-64) passed away in Benin after a brief illness

Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65) With Nepal Relief Contact

Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65) is in touch with the Gorkha Foundation that is working to get relief supplies and services to communities at the Nepal Earthuake epicenter. Here is a link to that site: April 28 2015 Friends, Many villagers in Nepal are under siege, struggling to survive from the earthquake and aftershocks that have struck the Himalayas. Most of the media and relief attention, so far, has been centered on Kathmandu Valley and Mt Everest… But it is now very clear that remote mountain communities at the epicenter – the Gorkha region, including both Gorkha and Lamjung Districts – have equally if not more serious issues. Whole villages have been devastated and recent and ongoing rains have triggered destructive landslides and threaten of more danger to health and habitation. The Director of a Nepalese NGO (non-governmental organization), The Gorkha Foundation (of which I am an advisory board member), is . . .

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Malaria, Mefloquine, and Peace Corps: What Price Protection? Part Two

The literature contains many articles about concerns with the use of mefloquine published in the more than twenty years between the time mefloquine became Peace Corps’s anti-malaria medication of choice and the FDA’s Black Box warning.  In reviewing these articles, it is helpful to keep in mind the Peace Corps’ timeline: 1961 – 1990  Chloroquine was the anti-medication of choice 1990 – 1992  Peace Corps participates in research of mefloquine, in response to                               development  of chloroquine resistant malaria 1992 –            Mefloquine becomes the anti-malaria medication of choice 1995 –            Dr. Lobel reviews medical literature for Peace Corps Medical Officers                         in  newsletter 2004              FDA issues a medication guide to be given to all patients who are       . . .

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Malaria, Mefloquine, and Peace Corps: What Price Protection? Part One

In a medically hostile environment, malaria is one of the fiercest enemies. Peace Corps has been fighting it for over fifty years; not only to help the people Volunteers serve, but to protect Volunteers, who are also targets of the disease. From 1961 to 1990, Volunteers in malaria areas, took chloroquine, brand name, Aralen, to protect against malaria. There was a increase in the incidence of  malaria among Volunteers in West Africa beginning in  the mid-80s due to the development of  Chloroquine-resistent malaria. In 1989 thru 1992, Peace Corps Volunteers in West Africa participated in research studies for a  relatively new anti-malaria drug, mefloquine, (for a time, the drug was marketed under the brand name, Lariam). The drug was effective against the chloroquine-resistent form of malaria, but was not without its adverse side effects. It is these adverse side effects that is the focus, here, thanks to the efforts, of . . .

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Brownie Lee (Togo 1962-64) passed away in Benin after a brief illness

Brownie worked in many Peace Corps countries and at many levels of the agency, first as a PCV. She lived in West Africa for over forty years. Brownie Lee passed away on April 27, 2015 (Togo Independence Day) in Benin after a brief illness. Brownie Lee was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the first Togo group from 1962-64, and in Guinea, 1964-1966. She then taught for twenty years, in Eastern and Western Africa, the U.S., and Jamaica. In 1984, she returned to Peace Corps as APCD for Education in Niger 1984-89, APCD for Education and Water Sanitation in Mauritania, 1989-91, and APCD for Education and SED in Ghana, 1991-93. In 1994 she joined Africare as a Project Coordinator for an NGO strengthening program in Benin. In 1995, Brownie came back to Peace Corps as the Sub-Regional Programming and Training Coordinator for Coastal West and Central Africa. In this latter position, . . .

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