Public-private push against neglected diseases unveiled

A major public-private initiative to control or eliminate at least ten neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020 was unveiled in London yesterday (30 January) alongside a...

Trial success may mean 2015 release for malaria vaccine

CAPE TOWN] The first malaria vaccine could be ready for use by 2015, according to experts reporting encouraging results from a phase III trial,...

Malaria test success drives up antibiotic use

Antibiotic misuse has soared in an African capital as an unforeseen consequence of improving the diagnosis of malaria, according to a study. A team testing...

North Africa: Researchers strike gold with nanoparticle virus test

An Egyptian research team has won a prize for developing a hepatitis C test using gold nanoparticles. The test could become a cheap and rapid...

Polio eradication: learn from setbacks and press ahead

The world is close to eradicating polio, but countries need consistent vigilance — including informed media coverage — to reach this goal. Nigeria's commitment...

Micronutrient supplementation ‘may increase malaria risk’

A WHO recommendation to supply all iron-deficient children with micronutrient supplements has been called into question by a study that has found this...

AFRICA: New meningitis vaccine a “revolution”

DAKAR, 14 October 2010 (IRIN) - The emergence of a new meningitis vaccine, rather than a large-scale outbreak of the disease, has prompted the...

SOUTH AFRICA: Communities debate microbicide results

JOHANNESBURG, 23 August 2010 (PlusNews) - The recent release of positive results from a microbicide trial in South Africa have kick-started discussions...

NGOs call for international regulation of synthetic biology

More than 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called for greater international oversight of the emerging science of synthetic biology – including a moratorium on...

Make vaccines for Africa in Africa, GAVI told

As donors gather for a major meeting on funding vaccines for the developing world, campaigners are calling for vaccine production to be...

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