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?

Battle for life starts before birth

   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

Confusion over counterfeit drugs in Uganda

The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9681   Uganda is under pressure to revise a draft law to combat counterfeit products, which, as it stands, could inadvertently hinder patients' access to generic drugs. Tatum Anderson reports.   The Ugandan Government is considering amendments to a proposed anticounterfeit law after pressure from public health activists and its … Continue reading Confusion over counterfeit drugs in Uganda

Firms target nutrition for the poor

BBC News Interactive, June 24, 2009      The nutrition sachets have saved countless children's lives. Rip the top off a small sachet, the size of a hand, and inside is a delicious, creamy peanut goo that you suck from the packet. It is messy and delicious. And it has already saved the lives of countless … Continue reading Firms target nutrition for the poor

Beating the brain drain: West African research centre shows it can be done

Jun 3, 2009, TropIKA.net The brain drain is a term that fails to convey the staggering number of trained professionals who leave developing countries every year. In Africa, estimates in recent years have put the number at 20,000 annually. Ethiopia lost 75 per cent of its skilled workforce between 1980 and 1991. Such a massive … Continue reading Beating the brain drain: West African research centre shows it can be done