07 Sep. 2008
PR# 2008-466

Afghans, Germans start first joint scientific project

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghans and Germans began the first joint scientific research project recently when ISAF soldiers delivered a laptop and digital camera to the Balkh Leishmaniasis Centre in Mazar-e-Sharif.

During the next three years, Afghan doctors at the centre will use the laptop and camera to archive data on Leishmaniasis patients. That information and deep-frozen blood samples from infected patients will then be sent to the Tropical Institute in Hamburg, Germany, for further study.

Leishmaniasis is a disease that causes skin sores and often enlarges the spleen, among other consequences. In Afghanistan, the disease is commonly passed to humans through the bite of infected sand flies.

The German doctors at the Federal Armed Forces Hospital hope the joint effort with Afghan doctors will further the study and treatment of the disease, specifically in regards to the human body’s defences against it.

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