Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A pharmacists visit to africa

I love this blog found via http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/career/career-qa/volunteering-as-a-pharmacist-in-tanzania/20067112.article


The people on the ground is where so much learning happens.

Monday, November 17, 2014

#BandAid30 - there is never just one story, even with all the learning and histry since #BandAid and few African people would even know of it but have progressed so much themselves!

Great to see this IMHO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D2stoT0k0A of course I wasn't blogging then but I would have

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1jeiC-JEsI for the dignity of that poor lady I wish the video had opened a little different IMHO #bandaid30 @bandaid30 http://www.bandaid30.com

Its also great to see the debate that is emerging from it:


and starting about 22min in on this program > http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04sncx3/sunday-morning-live-series-5-episode-18

Also all the other creative efforts which are probably much closer to home and connected to local peoples thoughts and needs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYQY6z3mV8 this is exceptional!!

I just hope the UK artists are as enduring as Bob Geldof on this and related causes!

History if you need it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQzJAKxTrE Band Aid the original!


https://www.youtube.com/results?q=live+aid Live Aid and Band aid 1984

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_Aid_(band)#Band_Aid_II 1989

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_Aid_(band)#Band_Aid_20 2004

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=band+aid+20 2004

Friday, November 14, 2014

MHealth How to close the gender gap? Use technology - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

This article touches on everything so close to my heart, mind and ventures

How to close the gender gap? Use technology - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nigerian DR/Patient ebola experience.

This is a truly tremendous read of the experience of Ebola!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

UK perception and reality of tax slend and priorities!

A very interesting read https://yougov.co.uk/news/2014/11/09/public-attitudes-tax-distribution/

World Library of Science

World Library of Science

This is pretty damn amazing from UNESCO!


Bill Gates on Intl Development in the inaugural Lords Speaker event.


The very last question asked at 19:04:00 was tweeted in by me, its on my twitter feed 10/11/2014, I was a little chuffed at that to say the least!

Monday, November 10, 2014

W.I.P. Water app and Deworming

Last week was a good one for me, between all my main work and family commitments I've been lucky enough to initiate a deworming pilot lead by a UK uni and student, should begin feb2015 and be active by May.
We also had our first strategy and trustee board away day, having established a UK charity to back up the on-going work from Uganda and UK over the last 5-10yrs of one group. An important milestone for them.
Also a project I responded to 6-8months ago where I became part of the virtual teams through IdeaConnection and Chemist without boarders, lead us to develop two proposals on water contamination, a mobile app and a recycle and create project has now moved into proof of concept phase. This should firm up and perhaps grow into something real in2015.

Having done a MOOC on sustainable development and another one or WASH, Water and Sanitation, I feel more informed than ever on top of the NGO and campaign support I give as part of an altruist and philanthropic push.

Three initiatives I will look back to 2015 when in 2020 and see what really happened for the health of people with little access to clean water, health support, information and education. Lets see!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

IPCC latest report.

The powerpoint is really clear and straight forwards

Prompts me to visit the posts Ive made over the years from http://ipcc.ch , Stern etc

Monday, November 03, 2014

David Mitchell… on the age of rage | Books | The Observer

The link below is a bit different to the tech slant on "The Age of Context" but with everything including sensors it did say watch those antenna!!

David Mitchell… on the age of rage | Books | The Observer


Saying that things could be worse, and that they have been worse for the overwhelming majority of humans throughout the overwhelming majority of history, is not the same as being complacent. It is stating an undeniable fact. It is retaining a sane sense of proportion. It should be reassuring, but at the moment many people hate to hear it.

This wilful loss of perspective – this self-importance about our own times – means that we could do dangerous things. Our disdain for the bathwater is making the baby give us anxious looks. We’re thinking hard, casting around for solutions: a privatised NHS, an independent Scotland, pulling out of the EU, a mansion tax, getting rid of the licence fee, greater press regulation, more Tasers, a German water cannon. We’re not ruling anything out – except being careful we don’t destroy something precious, except resisting the urge to act hastily and in anger, except a period of tranquil reflection. We desperately need a break from this era. But you know the rules: as soon as it ends, another one will only start."

The truth is not necessarily racist but the narrative some will choose no doubt can be.

This is as much about men and power, the influence of poverty and need verses attitude and normalisation.

Men over the ages, rich and poor of all colour and nationality from the distant past to recent past to now and future need, no doubt exploiting women and the asymmetry of power and need. Men need to stand up and show this is about female equality and male character, and the need to change, stand up for women and fix it!


Saturday, November 01, 2014

From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today - NYTimes.com

From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today - NYTimes.com


Up till now, scientists have learned about evolution on the Continent mostly by looking at living Europeans. But advances in biotechnology have made it possible to begin extracting entire DNA from the bones of ancestors who lived thousands of years ago. Their genomes are like time machines, allowing scientists to see bits of European history playing out over thousands of years.
Recently David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues analyzed the genomes of nine ancient Europeans. Eight belonged to hunter-gatherers who lived about 8,000 years ago, seven in what is now Sweden and one in Luxembourg. The ninth came from a farmer who lived 7,000 years ago in present-day Germany.
The scientists compared these genomes with those of living Europeans. As they reported last month in Nature, the study revealed something scientists never knew: Europeans today have genes from three very different populations...................."

This forms and interesting addition to the post I did in 2008 pointing the Bradshaw foundation animation video which is really interesting! http://nickhorslen.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=longNow