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Money-spinning technologies lie stagnant in Africa

作者:司城飑    发布时间:2017-04-12 08:00:52    

HUMAN odours that repel mosquitoes and a herbal remedy to combat malaria are among the ideas being developed in Africa that need commercial support. “The fundamental issue is not money, it’s culture, and the need for scientists to refocus away from simply publishing results,” says Peter Singer, director of the McLaughlin-Rotman Center for Global Health in Toronto, Canada, who carried out a survey of African science. When Singer and colleagues visited scientific institutions in six African countries, they found 25 “stagnant” technologies with potential. These included a fuel-free incinerator for destroying medical waste, and drugs to fight sickle-cell disease (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1195401). But there is hope. A to Z Textile Mills in Tanzania, which makes 25 million insecticide-impregnated nets each year to combat malaria, was set up just five years ago. “If only we had 100 companies like that producing drugs, imagine the impact,

 

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