Fostering meaningful education
While attending a recent education workshop in Washington,
D.C., Paula Williams met a mother who wanted to be more involved
in her children's schools. The mother was frustrated, Williams
recalls, by the lack of opportunities for parents who work during
the day but want to offer their support for education. Paula
Williams had some answers.
Williams is one of six area facilitators for
School, Family and Community Partnerships in the Baltimore City
Public Schools, part of the
National Network of
Partnership Schools developed at the Hopkins
School, Family and Community Partnerships. She helps about 30
elementary, middle and high schools develop programs and
practices that enable parents, educators and community and
business partners to work together to help more students succeed
Malaria may be facing a new
At any given time, about 300 million people suffer from
malaria, and as many as 3 million of them, mostly children, will
die every year.
The drug of choice to combat malaria has been
chloroquine, a derivative of quinine, which comes from the bark
of the Cinchona tree. But the malaria parasites began showing
resistance to chloroquine nearly 40 years ago.
Chinese chemists have isolated an effective new
anti-malarial drug called artem-isinin that comes from the plant
Artemisia annua, which has been used for thousands of years as an
herbal remedy for fever. But artemisinin and its derivatives
remain difficult and expensive to produce, and they quickly break
down in the human body.
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