A three-finger pinch of salt, a fistful of gur – a sort of unrefined sugar or molasses – in half a litre of water; this simple concoction revolutionized the treatment of diarrhoea in Bangladeshi children in the 1980s. Oral rehydration therapy (ORT), in its various guises, has since become a major tool in the … Continue reading Chowdhury champions constant learning, evaluation and innovation in research
If all goes well, the first malaria drug developed by Thai researchers could reach human clinical trials at the beginning of next year. The drug, dubbed P218, is the product of research carried out by a group at BIOTEC, a research centre created by the Thai government to generate biotechnology innovations. Although several international partners, … Continue reading BIOTEC leads Thailand’s leapfrog towards self-sufficiency
There is a river which runs through Goundry, a village in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa.Actually it's more of a stream with lots of exposed riverbed even as the rainy season finishes. And among the still pools of mustard-coloured water, if you look closely enough, you can see the darting of tiny mosquito larvae. … Continue reading Guardian Development Competition Longlist: Bed nets for all?
With several efforts underway to increase the local production of drugs in developing countries, Tatum Anderson assesses the pros and cons of manufacturing medicines in AfricaSee the rest of the story here
Scidev.net 22 March 2010 A landmark decision to allow free access to key earth observation data has failed to impact Africa sufficiently because of poor internet connections, say researchers more>>
17 March 2010A collaboration, called the Open Source Drug Discovery Foundation (OSDD), plans to use voluntary and open efforts to accelerate the development of affordable drugs for diseases including malaria, leishmaniasis and – first – tuberculosis. Few if any new drugs have been created for many of these diseases, because they disproportionately affect the poor … Continue reading Open source: the way forward in the search for new treatments for the infectious diseases of poverty?
12 March 2010Newborn babies have a pretty rotten chance of survival in developing countries. Each year more than 4 million babies die in teh first month, 2 million in the first week, and as many as 2 million die before they are a couple of days old. When the chances of survival are so … Continue reading Battle for life starts before birth
BMJ 2010;340:c431 (Published ) With only five years to go, the millennium development goals to reduce maternal and child mortality remain a long way off target. Tatum Anderson looks at the problems. More>>
TropIKA.net Jan 26, 2010Infectious disease modelling is a new and sometimes controversial discipline. TropIKA.net speaks to one of the leaders in the field - Professor Sir Roy Anderson More>>