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ScienceDaily Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed an experimental vaccine that appears to protect against an increasingly common and particularly deadly form of pneumococcal pneumonia. Details of the new vaccine, which was tested in an animal model, are reported in...

IRIN, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs THABA-TSEKA, 22 February 2011 (IRIN) - A new joint programme is changing the way the Lesotho government and its development partners deliver aid by getting different government departments, UN agencies and civil society organizations working together to...

John Zarocostas, BMJ New ways are needed to enable manufacturers to produce cheaper, generic products while ensuring that innovation is encouraged through appropriate patent protection, experts say. This would ensure that public health systems in poor countries can provide universal access to lifesaving drugs, they argue. The...

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) NEW YORK, 22 February 2011 - Despite an estimated 90 per cent decline in global maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) deaths over the last two decades, a newborn child still dies every nine minutes from the disease, according to the latest...

Orin Levine, The Huffington Post In 1986, as a sophomore at Gettysburg College, I accompanied my dad, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher, on a two-week trip to Rwanda. I was instantly smitten with Africa, and in the fall of 1987 I returned--this time to Kenya, as...

Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation In a little more than a month, the three of us will be coming to India for Gates Foundation and Berkshire Hathaway business. But we've set aside time on the trip to sit down with some of India's leading...

Heather Stewart, Guardian.co.uk French president Nicolas Sarkozy has commissioned the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates to examine new ways of raising cash for the world's poorest countries, as G20 finance ministers gather in Paris. Campaigners for an international tax on financial transactions - the so-called...

John Mulholland, The Observer We are all aware of our ancient pasts and this continent has a rich and extraordinary tradition. But the thing that excites me more is thinking about Africa's future – as the continent of the 21st century. It's one of the richest...

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