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Wellcome Trust announces funding for Ebola

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ebola-virusEbola virus. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

As Ebola continues to spread in West Africa with latest information from the World Health Organisation WHO showing that at least 1, 350 people have died from the disease, Wellcome Trust on 21st of August 2014 announced a multi-million pound emergency funding for research into the disease and separate £40 million investment in African research.

 

It is believed that the research would help contain the epidemic in West Africa and future outbreaks of the infectious disease.

 

The Ebola, named after the Ebola River in Zaire - dates back to 1976 - when it first emerged in Sudan and Zaire. The virus has been around in West Africa but starting from July this year, the virus has spread rapidly.

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CAPS study receives positive reaction in Chikhwawa

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A community member sampling a stove under CAPSA community member sampling a stove under CAPS

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of child morbidity in Malawi with thousands of children under the age of five reported to be dying every year.

 

Exposure to smoke produced when biomass fuels (animal or plant material) are burned in open fires is a major risk factor in more cases of pneumonia.

 

In Malawi, where at least 95% of households depend on biomass as their main source of fuel, biomass smoke exposure is likely to be responsible for a substantial burden of this disease.

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Artists explore global Health at Wellcome Collection

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ExhibitionA display of some of the Kambalu's exhibit.

An Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection depicting a variety of journeys of artists across medical research centres funded by the Wellcome Trust closed doors in March this year.


The Foreign Bodies, Common Ground exhibition offered a unique exploration of global health, by bringing together artworks including painting, photography, sculpture, film and performance, made during residencies at medical research centres funded by the Wellcome Trust in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK.