Papaya Leaves Used for Malaria; DAWN BERKELAAR

Malaria has a greater morbidity and mortality than any other disease in the world, and is the number killer of children.

Published 2002

…”Dr. David Drake wrote us about the informal observations he made when he was head of a mission hospital in Zimbabwe. In the area where Dr. Drake worked, malaria is a very serious disease. The main type of malaria there is Plasmodium falciparum. Dr. Drake wrote, “We [missionaries at the station] started using papaya tea in 1990. I left the next year, but they have continued. It started out with only a few getting involved, and gradually more have caught on to its use as the years progressed. There are about 20 in the missionary family and about the same number of African staff involved. Some continued to take their regular commercial malaria prophylactic drug, but gradually none of the above took anything else but the papaya tea. Those that are still at the hospital observed that even though that area of Zimbabwe had some of the worst malaria seasons ever, that those REGULARLY taking the papaya tea (twice a week) did not come down with malaria.”

After this publication she received validation of the effect against and use of papaya leaf against malaria from Echo missionaries from all over the world including Ecuador, Brasil, Malawi, Togo, Iwan Jawa, and Indonesia.

It was also interesting how many comments poured in about how the leaves were readily available but the missionaries were not previously informed to try papaya leaves. This is the purpose for the Julia Ruffin Project: to promote, research, and test-farm papaya leaf tea.

ECHO is a Christian non-profit organization whose vision is to bring glory to God and a blessing to mankind by using science and technology to help the poor.

A set of research below discusses lab validation of Dawn Berkelaar’s paper, but the researchers are of the opinion that the papaya leaf should be blended with another drug:

“Mature leaves of Carica papaya (paw paw) are widely used to treat malaria in Cameroon.”

The Antimalarial Potential of Medicinal Plants Used for the Treatment of Malaria in Cameroonian Folk Medicine

Vincent PK Titanji, Denis Zofou, and Moses N Ngemenya
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