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Students Receive Letter from Dr. Dorn!

This is the letter that the KFWH Chapter at Murray Avenue School received from Dr. Dorn after donating money to fund nutrition packets for women who are being treated for Chagas Disease. Dear Students: I want to thank-you very much for your generous donation of $5,000 to help eliminate Chagas disease. As you know, it is the most serious parasitic disease in Latin America and many people suffer and die from this disease. The medication that is available causes troublesome side effects – one of these is that they lose so much weight they are not able to finish the treatment. Your donation means that the women receiving the...

Letter from the Field to KFWH Students!

This letter was sent to Dr. Dorn by a local worker named Antonieta to thank Murray Avenue school for supporting women with nutritional packets while being treated for Chagas disease in Guatemala. Gracias a tí Patricia por el cariño que le tienes a Guatemala y su gente, pronto entregaremos en Chiquimula.   POR FAVOR EXPRESALE NUESTRO AGRADECIMIENTO A LOS NIÑOS QUE APOYARON ESTO, HAN DADO MUCHA ALEGRÍA A MUCHAS PERSONAS. “Thanks to you, Patricia [Dr. Dorn], for the love that you have towards Guatemala and its people.  Soon we will deliver over in Chiquimula.  PLEASE EXPRESS TO THE KIDS OUR THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THIS.  THEY HAVE GIVEN MUCH HAPPINESS...

KFWH Co-Founder Wins Award

We are very happy to announce that “Chagas and the Pacemaker Process,” a film of KFWH Student Board Co-Founder Emily Wharton, was selected by LMC-TV Public Access Television as the 2014 Best Single Program. KFWH has proudly supported her life-saving work in Bolivia for the past two years. Click here for more information about the project: http://on.fb.me/TUcLxm. Click here to read Kay Kobbe’s letter of appreciation to LMC-TV. Photo credit: LMC-TV Facebook Page...

New Tool to Fight Deadly Tsetse Fly

After 10 years of effort, a team led by scientists at Yale has finally decoded the genes of the tsetse fly, a bloodsucking scourge of Africa. Click here to read full article....

Neglected Parasitic Infections, Chagas Disease, in the United States

Most people think of parasitic diseases occurr in poor and developing countries, and is something they might pick up on a trip to a foreign country. However, parasitic infections also occur in the United States. In some cases, they affect millions of people. Click here for full...

DFMO Story

Dr. Cyrus Bacchi writes his account of a discovery of a cure for African trypanosomias for our kfwh website. Dr. Bacchi works at Haskins Laboratories in New York City. Cyrus J. Bacchi, Ph.D. Haskins Laboratories Pace University 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038   March 21, 2006 DFMO Story In 1974, my laboratory at Pace University began studying an enzyme (GPDH) which is critical to the cell respiration of African trypanosomes. The enzyme needed the metal magnesium for full activity, but the magnesium could be replaced by the polyamines spermidine or spermine. Polyamines are small molecules which are required by all cells for division and growth. Polyamines have many...