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Dr Mehul Dhorda

Dr Mehul Dhorda

Podcast interview

For malaria, parasite resistance and treatment efficacy is dynamic. Resistance to artemisinin, sometimes induced by poor quality medicines, causes artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to start failing. A robust system for surveillance of resistance can help ensure people get the right treatment at the right time.

Mehul Dhorda

Head of WWARN Asia Regional Centre


Dr Mehul Dhorda is the Head of the Asia Regional Centre of WWARN and is based at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok, Thailand. He works with his team at the Specimen Management Laboratory to support MORU-led projects by coordinating laboratory activities and quality assurance for study-related tests and assays. Of note are the UKAID-funded 'TRAC' study which tracked the spread of resistance of artemisinins and which has now been extended into the TRAC-II study aimed testing optimal drug combinations, including triple combinations, to treat multi-drug resistant malaria. Along with Professor Joel Tarning of MORU, he also helps to manage WWARN's Reference Material and Pharmacology Proficiency Testing programmes. He has been involved in the conception, development and implementation of projects aimed at monitoring the spread or emergence of resistance to antimalarials through simple protocols which can be implemented even in the most resource-poor settings. These innovative projects aim to make the results of the surveillance freely available through open access maps in near-real time. He is also leading multi-centric field studies to test a digital microscopy device for malaria parasite detection and quantification.

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