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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Rewards 76 New Ideas to Fight Infectious Disease
Date:10/20/2009

e infectious diseases:
  • Jackie Obey from the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya will test the efficacy of a test tube kit to indicate the presence of a protein released by the malaria parasite New strategies to fight malaria and mosquitoes
  • New strategies to fight malaria and mosquitoes:
    • Annette Habluetzel of the University of Camerino in Italy will create a micropellet food which, when activated by the sun, could generate toxins that kill mosquito larvae
    • Peter Lubega Yiga of AdhocWorks Foundation in South Africa will test the efficacy of a fermentation-based household mosquito repellent
  • More effective vaccines:
    • Margaret Njoroge of Med Biotech Laboratories in Uganda will develop an intranasal vaccine for mothers, designed to induce antibodies against malaria in breast milk and confer immunity on their babies
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    About Grand Challenges Explorations

    Grand Challenges Explorations is a five-year, $100 million initiative to promote innovation in global health. It is part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which is supported by the Gates Foundation to achieve major breakthroughs in global health.

    Applications for the next round of Grand Challenges Explorations are being accepted through November 2, 2009. Grant application instructions, including the list of topics for which proposals are currently being accepted, are available at http://www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.

    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselve
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