The Purchase College School of Natural and Social Sciences presents “Preventing Malaria in Uganda,” a Sciences in the Modern World lecture, with Dr. Jessie Stone, February 5 at 7 PM in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6632.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
Dr. Stone, who has lived and worked in different countries in Africa during the past 16 years, is a physician and director of Soft Power Health, a Purchase, N.Y. based non-profit organization that provides education, prevention and treatment of malaria in rural Uganda. Malaria, which is easily preventable, is the biggest killer of children under five in Uganda and is responsible for the majority of miscarriages and maternal health problems. Through her organization, Dr. Stone started a four-component program to prevent malaria in Uganda: education and prevention sessions at local schools for adults and children, data collection, subsidized mosquito net distribution, and most recently, the construction of a rural clinic. “One fantastic thing about this program is how good it feels to bring something very concrete and life changing to the community with so little resources,” she said, “not to mention the incredible gratification of seeing villagers using the mosquito nets, staying healthy and taking action for their well-being.”