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Date:11/22/2012

h. Vaccinators' working at the sub-district level will have access to the data base of pregnant and recently delivered women and their mobile phone numbers.

Caregivers and / or birth attendants will be encouraged to register a newborn by voice or text messaging, which will automatically create a file that follows vaccines received and up-coming due dates. Parents will get a reminder text message one day prior to their child's appointment at the vaccination centres.

  • Weaving mosquitos where they belong: outside
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    To control malaria, researchers will install on existing village homes in Kenya a ventilated ceiling made of mats woven by local artisans using local materials and fitted with a small amount of insecticide netting. This will be used to block mosquitoes that access homes through open eaves -- a characteristic of village houses.

    The papyrus mat ceilings will be added to the houses of 80 willing villagers (with 80 unmodified homes studied as controls).

    Researchers will then assess the impact of the mats on rates of indoor insect bites and expect an approximately 50-90% reduction in malaria prevalence and anaemia and to improve child school attendance.

  • Bedside diagnosis of a disfiguring disease in Africa
    (for images, http://bit.ly/ZpoTop: cutlines / credits http://bit.ly/UByrwH)

    Researchers in Accra, Ghana, aim to create a simple, accurate, cost effective diagnostic test to the doorsteps of communities endemic with Buruli ulcers - a disease caused by a relative of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis and lepro
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  • Contact: Terry Collins
    tc@tca.tc
    416-538-8712
    Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health

    Lyn Whitham
    lyn.whitham@grandchallenges.ca
    647-281-7182
    Grand Challenges Canada


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