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The malaria business: Big pharma vs natural medicine - source of quinine

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Published on 20 May 2020 / In News and Politics

Artemisia a plant that provides quinine has been curing malaria for years. The WHO blocks it.

A medicinal plant called Artemisia annua (or sweet wormwood) has been used in China to treat malaria for 2,000 years and is still grown by farmers in Africa. But it's not approved by the World Health Organization and remains banned in a number of countries, including France. Malaria claims almost half a million lives each year and Africa is worst affected. In recent years, the mosquitoes that spread the disease have become increasingly resistant to insecticide.

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