Monthly Archives: July 2018

The crystal ball: predicting the next outbreak


Just after the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Bill Gates gave a TED talk entitled The next outbreak? We’re not ready. The irony is that we know outbreaks are coming and will keep on coming in the near future – but when, where and what are questions that are difficult to answer. Yet these questions need to be answered to help us be ‘ready’ for the next outbreak. I take a brief look at a few prediction models that are trying to answer these questions.

Developing World Health Technology

Urogenital Schistosomiasis and the impact on sexual and reproductive health


Genital schistosomiasis is a dangerous consequence of schistosome infections that drastically decreases quality of life, causes much misery and pain, leads to pelvic inflammation, infertility and can increase the likelihood of contracting other dangerous diseases such as HIV. Researchers are working to define genital schistosomiasis in women and men, to develop practical diagnostic tests and to improve treatment platforms and outcomes.

Biology Developing World Health Medicine