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Innovation: How a 50-Year-Old Drop of Blood Helps Solve an Urgent Global Health Challenge

In high-income countries, babies born preterm (before 37 weeks in the womb) are at increased risk for complications, but many of these complications can be treated effectively with readily available tools, including ventilators to help preterm newborns breathe, IV lines to supply nutrition and antibiotics to treat sepsis.

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World Takes Major Step Towards Ending Polio

Despite Kenya not having had a case of polio since 2013 and the African continent having gone more than 18 months without a case, I was in Kenya as part of an epic global public health journey that has moved the world even closer to consigning polio to the history books.

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Innovation: Finding the Problems and Solutions in the World Around Us

The invention of a spaceship that can make sophisticated discoveries 140 million miles away is an extraordinary feat on the part of the human race. But there are other extraordinary innovations that don’t require a billion-dollar piece of equipment. Sometimes, all they require is stuff that’s just lying around.

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African Innovation for African Challenges

Three of the top priorities in African development are agriculture, health, and business creation. Nigerian scientist Olufunke Cofie and her Burkinabe colleague Josiane Nikiema of the International Water Management Institute have found a way to advance all three at the same time. They are working on a project to convert a material already found in abundance everywhere in Africa—the contents of our septic tanks and pit latrines—into a fertilizer robust enough to replenish the depleted soil of sub-Saharan Africa.

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How Bt Maize Can Help Us End Food Insecurity in Africa

There is no single answer to ending food insecurity in Africa. But if the 230 million Africans who are now undernourished are to get the food they need, reducing the damage pests do to crops, safely and sustainably, must be a big part of the solution.

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