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