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Your signature is wanted for open access petition to the White House

May 24, 2012 - 18:37 -- Tom Olijhoek

HELP TO MAKE OPEN ACCESS A WORLDWIDE  STANDARD FOR PUBLISHING SCIENCE

A very important point to make about this campaign is that THE PETITION CAN BE SIGNED BY ANYONE over 13 years in age with an email address, and from all parts of the world. So by signing this petition YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The more signatures there are , the louder the message will be and the more chance there will be for rapid change.

If you are willing to sign the petition please go to the website access2research and follow the directives. Alternatively you can go direct to the WEthePEOPLE website.

Please sign and tell your colleagues, family, friends that they can sign too.

PALESTINE'S MALARIA ERADICATION LESSON FROM 90 YEARS AGO.

March 1, 2012 - 08:12 -- Anton Alexander

The disappointment and criticism about malaria elimination in Africa is palpable. There is an impression that the campaign of malaria eradication in Africa is sometimes rudderless, with money being thrown uselessly or ineffectively at the problem. 

OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED RESEARCH: PUBLISHERS ARE ACTING UP

January 7, 2012 - 16:38 -- Tom Olijhoek

 While in Europe the European ‘s Commission Digital Agenda is paving the way for Open Access to publicly funded research data (Data Access ) and Publications (OpenAire plus), the political landscape in the US looks quite differently.

Why mosquitoes?

June 19, 2010 - 12:58 -- William Jobin

SEEKING
Some of us are Seekers who ask “How? We are called Scientists. Some of us are Seekers who ask “Why?” We are called Believers. Some of us are both.

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The boy and the old man sat in the shade of their favorite Neem tree during the oppressive heat of the afternoon. “Uncle, why did the Creator make mosquitoes that swarm around our heads and spread fevers?” asked the boy.

Realism will work best for attacking malaria

December 26, 2009 - 15:19 -- William Jobin

While it might appear that the call for eradication will bring out lots of enthusiasm, it is hard to see how we can mount a global program, based on fantasy.

And let's admit that the Gates and Clinton Foundations mean well but are divorced from reality, USAID and the PMI are mired in decades of bureaurocratic tangles, and the UN and WHO left the scene a long time ago, so the attack on malaria in Africa will progress as Africa progresses.

Realism will work better than fantasy.

Let's take Africa, where most malaria deaths occur. A realistic strategy would be to start in the stable, most democratic countries, and gradually develop competent national programs, employing nationals who live in the malaria zone, who can progress upward in their civil service by making progress against malaria in small and carefully measured increments.

So they would reduce malaria prev in school kids by 10% each year, at a cost within the national budget realities. That gives us a solid foundation for progress. Forget the magic bullets and fantasy. Malaria control takes careful application of proven methods - all of them - in a rational strategy that reflects budget realities as well as the ecology of malaria.

Start with the solid countries, where investments will not be wasted on some dictator and his cronies. Start with Senegal, Mali and Ghana. With Tanzania and Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and blessed South Africa. Grow those programs slowly and carefully. Use them as training grounds for folks around them who speak the same language. Realize that we are dealing with Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

Final note: I think it is the third law of for attacking malaria in Africa - The dictators are as dangerous as the mosquitoes.

Willy

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