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NGOs urged to push for more firms to hand over data

By Puneet Koliparra – SciDev.Net NGOs could play a pivotal role in shaping how the treasure-trove of data held securely by the private sector drives global development, a UN expert has said. Big data has a raft of potential development applications, from measuring outcomes of projects to predicting the spread of diseases. But at last month’s annual conference of Bond, …

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West Africa: China Sends New Aid and Medical Experts for Combating Ebola

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on 18th September a new aid package of 200 million yuan (about $33 million) for West African countries to help combat the deadly Ebola virus. Meanwhile, new batches of Chinese medical experts will be sent to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Under the aid package, each country of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will be …

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Sinovac Receives Beijing CDC Tender to Supply Seasonal Flu Vaccine Anflu

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced today that it has been selected by the Beijing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“Beijing CDC”) to be a supplier of the seasonal influenza vaccine to the citizens of Beijing for 2014. The Beijing CDC plans to order a minimum of 1.2 million doses of …

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Chile, China and Morocco to receive recognition for achieving outstanding progress in fighting hunger

  Chile, China and Morocco are the latest in a growing list of countries to make great strides in combating undernourishment, such as the early achievement of the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1) – to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015 – or the more stringent 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the absolute number of …

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Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade – SciDev.Net Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant risk to humans or the environment. The decision will open up the possibility of the company that developed the insects selling them in Brazil as a control strategy for dengue …

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Focus on Disability: Great design has universal appeal

By Sue Coe – SciDev.Net A new watch — the Bradley Timepiece — designed for blind people has been nominated for a Design of the Year award at the Design Museum, United Kingdom. According to a BBC report, demand for the watch from sighted people has exceeded demand from blind people because of its attractive design and functionality. Its designer …

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Consider disability at the outset, tech designers told

By Joshua Howgego – SciDev.Net Designing technological products that can be used by everyone, regardless of whether or not they have any disability, would be a win-win situation, a meeting has heard. “To think that you can apply some kind of magic pixie dust and make a technology accessible to disabled people after it’s been designed is just crazy,” Vint …

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Madiba memorial: A send-off like no other

Presidents – past and present – global leaders, royals and A-list celebrities have started to arrive at FNB Stadium to pay their last respects at an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. At least 91 Heads of State and Government will put aside world politics for four hours and unite as they recall, reflect, honour and bid farewell …

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The international community continues to mourn today the passing of Nelson Mandela

By Marshall Comins and Dominykas Broga The international community continues to mourn today the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president and an international symbol of peace, who ushered the continent into a new era of increased awareness and equality. Inspiring millions around the world who witnessed the power of one man’s will to achieve the greater good …

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RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

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