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WHO research programme on tropical diseases wins Gates Award

June 17th, 2011

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), based at WHO headquarters in Geneva and co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO, has won the 2011 Gates Award for Global Health. TDR which has been operating since 1975, has supported and advocated for research and development to address infectious diseases and has had a major impact on reducing the burden of onchocerciasis, dengue, malaria, Chagas disease and visceral leishmaniasis .TDR will recieve $1 Million as a part of the reward which will go to expanding its fellowship and training programs.

Read the full press release here

Deworming as a public health intervention: can it have lasting effects?

June 9th, 2011

On May 16, 2011, the Center for Global Development hosted an event for Michael Kremer and Sarah Baird to present data on their long-term follow-up research study called Worms at Work: Long-run Impacts of Child Deworming in Kenya.” Other authors on the paper include Joan Hamory Hicks and Edward Miguel). This paper concludes that deworming in Kenyan schools can show significant, long-term gain in employment and earnings and among dewormed children. Read more: Deworming as a public health intervention: can it have lasting effects?

BCM, Texas Children’s announce recruitment of Dr. Peter Hotez and team in major advance to develop vaccines for world’s poor

June 8th, 2011

We will be making an unprecedented assault on the diseases of poverty in the world.” Dr. Peter Hotez

Agreement will establish national tropical medicine school at Baylor College of Medicine, move Sabin Vaccine Institute’s vaccine development program to Texas Children’s Hospital

HOUSTON – (June 8, 2011) – Leaders of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital today announced an agreement to move Sabin’s vaccine development program to Texas Children’s and BCM as part of the recruitment of world renowned neglected diseases expert Dr. Peter Hotez.

The comprehensive initiative will include the establishment of the first national school of tropical medicine in the United States at BCM. Hotez will serve as the founding dean. Read more: BCM, Texas Children’s announce recruitment of Dr. Peter Hotez and team in major advance to develop vaccines for world’s poor

The True Size of Africa

May 19th, 2011

Came across this awesome infographic via GOOD. Click on the image to view it larger.

In addition to the well known social issues of illiteracy and innumeracy, there also should be such a concept as immappacy, meaning insufficient geographical knowledge.

A survey of random American schoolkids let them guess the population and land area of their country. Not entirely unexpected, but still rather unsettling, the majority chose 1-2 billion and largest in the world, respectively.

Even with Asian and European college students, geographical estimates were often off by factors of 2-3. This is partly due to the highly distored nature of the predominantly used mapping projections (such as Mercator).

A particularly extreme example is the worldwide misjudgment of the true size of Africa. This single image tries to embody the massive scale, which is larger than the USA, China, India, Japan, and all of Europe combined!

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