William Easterly of Aid Watch highlights an alternately fascinating and disheartening article in the Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper: Mosquito net manufactures are teaming up with the provincial administration and village elders in several parts of Kenya in an effort to apprehend and prosecute people who use the products for purposes other than covering beds. According to Dr Elizabeth Juma, who … [Read more...] about Malaria Net Misuse: Fishing Gear? Wedding Dresses?
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Bloomberg's Elizabeth Lopatto reports that per a newly released Nature study, autistic children have altered genes controlling their brain development: "The discovery gives scientists targets to perhaps begin developing treatments, said study author Gerard Schellenberg, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. “When we think about treatments, those target … [Read more...] about New Autism Study: “A Major Jump”
As ASF's communications specialist, I'd be remiss if I didn't have a Google Alert set for "Albert Schweitzer." Most of the time, the alert returns a Schweitzer quote that's being bandied about the blogosphere. ("There are two refuges from life's miseries: music and cats" seems to be the most popular. Hmm.) But a different sort of item just landed in my inbox -- an article from today's Tacoma, WA … [Read more...] about Of Google Alerts and Humanitarian Awards
Thomas Azwell, a 2008-09 Bay Area Schweitzer Fellow, has found that community gardens are linked to community health. Every Tuesday, Beyond Boulders will run a five-question interview with either a current Schweitzer Fellow or a Schweitzer Fellow for Life (ie, a Fellow whose initial year with ASF has been completed, but whose commitment to lifelong service continues). For our inaugural … [Read more...] about Five Questions for a Fellow: Thomas Azwell, Bay Area
Swine flu may have monopolized recent headlines, but another public health threat shared the stage yesterday: malaria, the leading killer of African children. Yesterday was the second annual World Malaria Day, and President Obama issued a statement saying, "The United States stands with our global partners and people around the world to reaffirm our commitment to make the U.S. a leader in ending … [Read more...] about A Milestone on World Malaria Day