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Ascovime Plans for the Future

Hi all! It’s been a while since this site has been updated but I hope to keep the blog posts coming in a much more regular fashion from now on. There are some exciting things happening with the project that I wanted to share.

First, Dr. Bwelle has created a fantastic slideshow detailing where he wants to take Ascovime in the future and what the project needs to make it there so take a look and let us know what you think! There are some very ambitious ideas for what we can do and it’s exciting to see the direction this organization is moving in.

Currently we are working on getting Ascovime USA officially registered as a 501(c)3 (an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization) and will let everyone know when that has gone through.

Also, we are working on getting more information out in the media about Ascovime so if you know anyone that would be interested in doing a piece about us don’t be shy,send us a message, we’d love to work with you!

Finally, and most importantly, what keeps us running are our wonderful contributors. We will be creating a fundraising letter template that you can share with your friends and family that will have all the details on how to donate to Ascovime (any gift will be tax-deductible too!). We rely on your help and are so grateful for your continued support so thank you!!

Introduction!

For those of you who don’t know me (I’m guessing everyone!) my name is Chantal Mendes and I wanted to introduce myself as I am just starting to get involved with this project on the multimedia end. A little bit about me: I graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Print Journalism from Boston University and have had experience working for newspapers, blogs, and grant projects with USAID. I’m currently taking classes at Harvard to satisfy my pre-med requirements so that I can apply to medical school next year. In between studying and trying to have a life outside of Chemistry, I am hoping to use my experience with social media to reach out and get more people involved with this amazing project so definitely expect to be hearing a lot more from me over the next few weeks!

-Chantal

PS I’m hoping to make a blog post every week to keep you all updated on what’s going on as well as let you know what you can do to help/get involved yourselves. Even something as simple as visiting our Facebook page (coming soon!) is greatly appreciated. A little bit of effort really does go a long way in making a difference.

100 Donors and $5000!

Today, Ascovime has achieved two major milestones  with one big donation: 100 donors and over $5000 raised.  This is a nice goal and is a testament to the grassroots nature of this small organization.  Everyone out there is chipping in a little bit and helping get much needed healthcare and educational supplies to those in rural parts of Cameroon.

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Making a Difference in Cool Way

The mission of Ascovime is to provide rural populations in Cameroon with healthcare and educational supplies, all free of charge.  Ascovime functions to achieve this goal in a rather unique way compared to other humanitarian organizations – all members contribute on a volunteer basis, so all the money raised goes directly to those who really need it.  With this model comes the need for great grassroots efforts from all over the world.

Cool Students in Yaounde

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How Ascovime Operates

If you’re wondering how Ascovime does its work on the ground, this video pretty well encapsulates it.  The scenery, music, makeshift equipment and transport, and a jovial attitude are all represented in this fine work.  Credit to TristanChampion for putting this video together.

Preventing Malaria: Medications

Areas affected by malaria.

If you’re planning a trip to Africa, South/Central America, or Asia, malaria is a legitimate concern.  Malaria is a very serious parasitic infection that kills about 1 million people annually and is transmitted by mosquitoes.  However, there is good news. There are numerous ways to lower the chances of ever contracting malaria and even if you do, it is highly treatable.

One of the ways to mitigate the risk of contracting malaria is by taking a chemoprophylaxis, or antimalarial drug.  Below is a list of some common drugs prescribed for travel to areas of the world with malaria risks:

Lariam (Mefloquine) by Roche

  • Weekly tablet
  • Cheaper than Malarone (fewer pills to buy)
  • While extremely rare, a study reported higher adverse neuropsychiatric events (Dark Side of Lariam)
  • Have to start taking it 4-6 weeks prior to departure + 2 weeks after
  • Comprehensive Lariam Side Effects

Doxycyclin (general antibiotic)

  • Side effects that can be mitigated
  • Cheap, Generic
  • Daily tablet
  • Likely to sunburn faster
  • Nausea
  • Can lead to yeast infections

Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride) by GlaxoSmithKline

  • Causal prophylaxis
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and headache can occur
  • Can make you sick enough to discontinue use
  • Expensive

Chloroquine (Aralen) (can be found generically)

  • Resistance in parts of the world (map)
  • May worsen psoriasis

When it comes to effectiveness, they are all about equal.  However, daily pills put greater responsibility on the user to take it at the same time every day, otherwise the effectiveness decreases.  To make a proper choice for your needs, visit your local travel clinic and doctor.

This site also has lots of good info.

Look for part 2 of malaria prevention coming later this week!