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An image from the CD-ROM: a malaria parasite
on the outside of a mosquito stomach wall.
An educational CD-ROM on the biology and treatment of malaria has been awarded the Prix IAMS, an international prize for the most informative multimedia product in scientific, technical and medical publishing.

The CD-ROM, produced by the Wellcome Trust, Britain’s largest biomedical research charity, has been used by more than 10,000 people in 70 nations, mostly based in developing countries where malaria is endemic.

"Malaria kills one child every 20 seconds so it is crucial that scientists continue their work to combat this disease," says Jane Hogg, head of the Trust's Publishing Group. "We must also aid this fight by providing healthcare and medical professionals with accurate and up to date information on the disease — this is central to reducing the burden of suffering."

The prize was awarded by the International Association for Media in Science, a UK-based organisation that promotes the production and use of audio-visual media to communicate science, technology and medicine.

Developed with the help of malaria experts, the CD-ROM contains 850 images and 13 interactive tutorials, including parasite biology, immunity and diagnosis. It is one of 12 CDs in the Trust's Topics in International Health series, which covers areas such as HIV/AIDS, nutrition and tuberculosis.

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Copies of CD-ROMS from the series can be ordered from: CABI Publishing, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8DE, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0)1491 832111. E-mail: [email protected]

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