Chowdhury champions constant learning, evaluation and innovation in research

  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

BIOTEC leads Thailand’s leapfrog towards self-sufficiency

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

Guardian Development Competition Longlist: Bed nets for all?

  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?

Open source: the way forward in the search for new treatments for the infectious diseases of poverty?

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?