In the News: Diagnostics for Global Health; White House Malaria Summit
Several different news items worthwhile reporting plus one unrelated video I found very interesting:
A Great series of articles published in NATURE – Description from SciDev.net: “Improving people’s access to tests for the major diseases of the developing world and making the tests more accurate could save hundreds of thousands of lives, say researchers. Millions of people in developing countries die each year from illnesses that are preventable or treatable because the diagnostic tests are too expensive, complex or inefficient to use. A series of papers published in Nature (7 December) calls on scientists, policymakers, and global health organisations to work towards making these tests appropriate for use in poor countries.”
The WSJ (via Brown Global Health Blog) has an interview with Melinda Gates. “She is stepping into the limelight as an outspoken advocate for closing the global health gap. On Thursday, she plans to announce an expanded initiative with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush’s summit on fighting malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that kills one million people a year, mostly children under five.” The White House Summit on Malaria to bring together international experts, corporations and foundations, African civic leaders, and faith-based organizations to raise awareness of the issue of malaria. Kaisernetwork.org will provide a LIVE webcast of the summit.
4) The Dove Campaign – this is unrelated but I found this short clip fascinating, which I originally saw over at From Tribeca to Tanzania.