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Date:11/22/2012

sy and characterized by large ulcers, usually on the legs or arms.

Up to half of patients are left with disabilities that have long-term social and economic impacts. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital but accessing health care is often difficult.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the average cost of surgical treatment per patient is US$780, an amount which far exceeds per capita national government spending on health.

All items needed to diagnose the disease will be packaged into a test kit, including swabs and single step DNA extraction and amplification tools.

  • Pursuing a new vaccine in Uganda for sleeping sickness (African Trypanosomiasis)
    (for video: http://bit.ly/UFmy3g)

    Tsetse fly-inflicted African trypanosomiasis (aka "sleeping sickness") is a debilitating and dehumanizing neglected tropical disease whose victims (30,000 in 2009) are typically ostracized. The few therapies available today are toxic with poor patient compliance because they're administered intravenously.

    Using genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology and other modern sciences, Uganda researchers led by Savannah Mwesigwa will test novel ideas for an innovative vaccine to combat the disease in people as well as livestock, the loss of which causes serious economic hardship (3 million cattle killed in 2005 at a loss of $4.5 billion).

  • Floating farms in Nicaragua to improve nutrition
    (for images, http://bit.ly/ZFbgRl; cutlines / credits http://bit.ly/UByrwH; video: http://bit.ly/RSppZq)

    Researchers working on lakes in Costa Rica and Nicaragua will establish floating farms to cultivate native aquatic plants, rice and filter-feeding fish in hopes of reducing agricultural water needs and removi
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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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