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Saving lives from TB-HIV co-infection

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OVERWHELMED—High proportion of TB patients strains health facilitiesOVERWHELMED—High proportion of TB patients strains health facilitiesShe lies frail on Ward 3A’s bed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

Faines (not real name) is wearing a flowery pink top and a black beret covering her head. Her lips look dry and cracked but she tries to purse them as she tells her experience with recurrence TB.

“This is the second time I’m receiving TB treatment. I first had it two years ago,” says Faines, a Chileka resident, who has been receiving treatment at the hospital for two months now.

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Three malaria interns awarded Wellcome Trust MSc fellowships

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Dr Donnie Mategula, Miss Melody Sakala and Dr Mphatso Dennis Phiri, pre-Master’s interns within the Malaria Research Group have each been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust Masters Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine that will support a 1-year master’s training in the United Kingdom from September 2017 and thereafter, an 18-month research project in Malawi.

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Dr. Kevin Mortimer Presents on CAPS Study at the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health

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dr-kevinA spectacular display conveying a serious message took place on the opening day of the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health, when open fires were lit in specially built miniature housing in the piazza outside the venue. The housing was built by students from Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and the fires were tended by firefighters from Operation Florian; a UK based international humanitarian charity with a mission to save lives worldwide.


The display showed the risks posed by fire and consequent air pollution to the many people - approximately half the world’s population - who rely on biomass fuels (animal or plant material) for their daily energy needs. Around four million people die every year from exposure to biomass smoke.

It also served to demonstrate by contrast a positive solution to this problem, an African Clean Energy cookstove, the ACE-1, which is among the cleanest and most high-tech stoves available. The solar powered stove can provide light and charging facilities by USB as well as heat and cooking facilities with greatly reduced smoke emissions.