Wednesday, 20 January 2010

anti-malaria plant

Researchers have mapped the genes of Artemisia annua to allow selection of high-yield varieties. Artemisinin combination therapies, or ATCs, are used widely to treat malaria and are seen as the best solution to the disease. ACTs are expensive and demand threatens to outstrip supply.
Plant breeding, new drugs and clever ways to make artemisinin in the lab are the answer, according to world experts.
Scientists hope a better supply of the drug might also help with the problem of fake drugs being distributed.
Read the complete article here

Strong aftershock shakes Haiti

More links if you want to use this as your casestudy.
BBC site
keeping in touch
how long can survivors last?
Guardian Haiti updates
The Sun's articles with lots of videos
Boy rescued after 8 days

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

As you know we have talked a lot about the dreadful events of the massive ‘quake in Haiti last week. If S2 want to do this as their case study rather than the San Francisco one then thee are a few links below to get you started. Haiti is in the Caribbean, and is the western half of an island, the eastern half of which forms the Dominican Republic.
Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries, and even before the earthquake many of its population were struggling to live.
The BBC as usual has loads of good stuff and I suggest you start at this page and then use the links from it to lots of others. Don’t forget the tabs with the pictures too.

BBC site
Aid 1
Aid 2
Aid 3
Aid 4
lots of good links here
Medical Help
Why water is needed
Rebuilding after the quake