The 2020-2021 season of the Vaccine Dinner Club is devoted to discussions of pandemic diseases, old and new.

Virtual VDC
April 7, 2020

Focus:
TBA
Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Premonitions and Premunition:
Envisioning Malaria Eradication in the Modern Era

Starring

Tuan M. Tran, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
Indiana University School of Medicine


Clubhouse Location:
A Zoom screen near you
Agenda: (All times are ET)
5:20pm - Hall opens
5:30pm - Cowbell rings, meeting brought to order
6:30pm - Q&A
6:45pm - Adjourn



Dear Vacciners, It's almost April Fools Day, so here is some humor to get you started!

Garfield:
Jon:
    Liz makes my heart pound!
    And makes me sweaty and weak in the knees!
    I think its love!!

Garfield:
    Or malaria.

xkcd:
We had a malaria party …
but it turned out not to be very much fun.

Scoutlife:
Q: What book has Amos Quito has vowed never to write?
A: "How to Prevent Malaria"

Kimbi Hagen:
Q: What do you get when your band bombs at a mosquito rager?
A: Malaria.

Catching a theme here?
But here's the prob… as much as humans can find humor in just about anything, malaria is One Bad Bug.

As UNICEF says:
"Over one million people die from malaria each year, mostly children under five years of age, with 90 per cent of malaria cases occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated 300-600 million people suffer from malaria each year. More than 40 percent of the world's population lives in malaria-risk areas."

So, if scientists were able to come up with a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in less than a year (give or take multiple decades of earlier coronavirus research …) why haven't we made similar Warp Speed progress on a biomedical prevention for malaria? What's up with that?

And how well do the other malaria prevention/abatement measures work? (I mean, it must be more complicated than simply distributing bed nets if more than half a billion people still suffer from malaria every year, right?).

Come to the April meeting of the Vaccine Dinner Club and find out!

Register now!

Hope to see you at the Club on April 7th,
- Kimbi Hagen, EdD
VDC Director/Goddess

P.S. Want to read some jokes submitted by VDC members? Check this page out.