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"We have lost him, and must recognize the need for a next generation of selfless and driven leaders. For me, Mandela's example will always stand as a reminder of what is possible when conviction faces injustice, of the work that still remains unfinished, and of the long road ahead."
Malaria is one of the world's most pressing health problems. It kills hundreds of thousands of people per year, most of them young African children, and infects many more. Many children who survive bouts of the disease suffer permanent mental and physical impairments. While deaths from malaria have dropped by more than 25% globally since 2000, new tools are needed to fight emerging drug and insecticide resistance and ensure goals of elimination and eradication can be met. Ashley Birkett, Director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), recently sat down with BurnessGlobal's Ellen Wilson to discuss MVI's role in vaccine development and the malaria-free future he envisions.
For parents, the experience of taking their child to the pediatrician or hospital for necessary vaccinations or tests involving a series of shots is a time of anxiety and stress. In fact, ten percent of both children and adults have a significant needle phobia. Often, this is because the pain with getting shots with needles is managed poorly, if it is even managed at all.
A new report from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) says that military doctors and psychologists have let national security interests trump ethical standards, leading them to design, enable and engage in torture of detainees in U.S. military detention centers.
After a two-year review of public records, a 20-member task force of military, ethics, medical, and legal experts found that since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DoD) and CIA have required doctors, nurses and psychologists to take part in “cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment” of detainees and participate in activities that breach medical ethics and practice
The majority of those who produce, process, and market Africa’s food are women, but only one in four agricultural researchers and one in seven agricultural policymakers is female. Vicki Wilde, Director of Nairobi-based NGO African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), recently sat down with BurnessGlobal's Ellen Wilson to discuss why that gap is a major concern and how AWARD is working to bridge it.