News https://scidev.net/global/content/news.html News about science & technology in the developing world, including agriculture, environment, health, governance, enterprise and communication. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT en TB ‘can be eradicated’ with funding push https://scidev.net/global/tb/news/tb-can-be-eradicated-with-funding-push.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/tb/news/tb-can-be-eradicated-with-funding-push.html Research funding must be quadrupled to tackle killer disease, say health experts marking World TB Day. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT Mosquito-killing drug ‘reduced malaria in children’ https://scidev.net/global/medicine/news/mosquito-killing-drug-reduced-malaria-in-children.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/medicine/news/mosquito-killing-drug-reduced-malaria-in-children.html Mass administration of ivermectin reduced episodes of malaria in under-fives by 20 per cent in a trial in Burkina Faso. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:53:09 GMT Environmental degradation threat to health, says UN https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/environmental-degradation-threat-to-health-says-un-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/environmental-degradation-threat-to-health-says-un-1x.html The effects of urbanisation and population growth could lead to millions of premature deaths, report warns. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:40:02 GMT Brazilian city’s pollution spreads to untouched Amazon rainforest https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/brazilian-pollution-spreads-to-untouched-amazon-rainforest.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/brazilian-pollution-spreads-to-untouched-amazon-rainforest.html Pollution from Manaus is increasing the concentration of harmful particles over pristine forest areas, study finds. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT Mobile app identifies approved medicines, drugstores https://scidev.net/global/icts/news/mobile-app-identifies-approved-medicines-drugstores-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/icts/news/mobile-app-identifies-approved-medicines-drugstores-1x.html A new mobile phone application is helping Kenyans identify approved medicines and drugstores. Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:00:30 GMT Vaccine cuts child pneumonia cases by a quarter https://scidev.net/global/medicine/news/vaccine-cuts-child-pneumonia-cases-by-a-quarter-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/medicine/news/vaccine-cuts-child-pneumonia-cases-by-a-quarter-1x.html New cases of the disease in one Kenyan county are down by 27 per cent following immunisation programme, study shows. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:46:31 GMT Venezuela: science ‘brain drain’ threatens future of research https://scidev.net/global/governance/news/venezuela-science-brain-drain-threatens-future-of-research.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/governance/news/venezuela-science-brain-drain-threatens-future-of-research.html Study shows high percentage of Venezuelan migrants are scientists. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:58:12 GMT Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/citizen-science-helps-farmers-adapt-to-climate-change.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/citizen-science-helps-farmers-adapt-to-climate-change.html Farmers and scientists team up to learn which seeds will thrive in different climates. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:04:50 GMT AIDS success ‘unworkable’ for vast majority https://scidev.net/global/hiv-aids/news/aids-success-unworkable-for-vast-majority.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/hiv-aids/news/aids-success-unworkable-for-vast-majority.html Presented this week by London researchers, the method that has been proven on a patient is far too complex and expensive. Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:57:03 GMT Mass drug administration against malaria seen effective https://scidev.net/global/malaria/news/mass-drug-administration-against-malaria-is-effective.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/malaria/news/mass-drug-administration-against-malaria-is-effective.html Researchers reduce falciparum malaria prevalence with mass administration of a drug combination. Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:58:54 GMT Philippines battles spike in measles cases https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/philippines-battles-spike-in-measles-cases-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/philippines-battles-spike-in-measles-cases-1x.html Philippine authorities blame the deadly surge on a dengue controversy that lowered public trust in immunisation. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:30:00 GMT SESAME gets science diplomacy award, goes solar https://scidev.net/global/science-diplomacy/news/SESAME-Award-Science-Diplomacy-AAAS-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/science-diplomacy/news/SESAME-Award-Science-Diplomacy-AAAS-1.html International recognition is followed by launch of plant to fully power the laboratory with renewable energy. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 13:06:11 GMT Billions at risk from heat stress at home https://scidev.net/global/energy/news/billions-at-risk-from-heat-stress-at-home.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/energy/news/billions-at-risk-from-heat-stress-at-home.html Meeting the ‘cooling gap’ in developing countries could raise global residential energy demands by 14 per cent. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Sensors take the manual work out of forest monitoring https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/sensors-take-the-manual-work-out-of-forest-monitoring.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/sensors-take-the-manual-work-out-of-forest-monitoring.html Remote monitoring system rolled out in Brazil collects real-time data on forest growth. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:43:00 GMT SDGs ‘failing to create transformational change’ https://scidev.net/global/sdgs/news/sdgs-failing-to-create-transformational-change.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/sdgs/news/sdgs-failing-to-create-transformational-change.html They are often applied to work that was already being done, AAAS hears. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:30:00 GMT China opens path to disease via Belt and Road trade route https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/china-opens-path-to-disease-via-belt-and-road-trade-route.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/china-opens-path-to-disease-via-belt-and-road-trade-route.html Malaria and neglected tropical diseases are expected to re-emerge as a result of the ambitious trade initiative. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:31:02 GMT Venezuela goes back 20 years in child mortality https://scidev.net/global/health/news/global-venezuela-goes-back-20-years-in-child-mortality.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/global-venezuela-goes-back-20-years-in-child-mortality.html New estimates highlight a crumbling health sector and need for up-to-date information. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:14:17 GMT Zanzibar cuts new malaria cases by 94 per cent https://scidev.net/global/news/zanzibar-cuts-new-malaria-cases-by-94-per-cent-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/news/zanzibar-cuts-new-malaria-cases-by-94-per-cent-1x.html Making tools available for free was a key to success and boosts elimination plans in a high-transmission area. Sat, 09 Feb 2019 01:00:00 GMT No silver bullet for arsenic in groundwater https://scidev.net/global/health/news/no-silver-bullet-for-arsenic-in-groundwater.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/no-silver-bullet-for-arsenic-in-groundwater.html A review of 31 technologies finds no single method that will work in all areas where water is contaminated. Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:15:49 GMT West Nile Virus spotted in Pakistan https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/west-nile-virus-spotted-in-pakistan.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/content/news_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/west-nile-virus-spotted-in-pakistan.html Researchers who detected the brain-damaging virus in donor blood samples call for surveillance. Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:44:53 GMT