Sustainable Transfer of Biotechnology to Developing Countries

Fighting Poverty by Bringing Scientific Tools to Developing-country Partners

Authors

  • Josefina Coloma,

    1. University of California, Berkeley, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, Berkeley, California, USA Sustainable Sciences Institute, San Francisco, California, USA
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  • Eva Harris

    1. University of California, Berkeley, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, Berkeley, California, USA Sustainable Sciences Institute, San Francisco, California, USA
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Address for correspondence: Eva Harris, Ph.D., Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1 Barker Hall #422, Berkeley, CA 94720-7354. Voice: 510-642-4845; fax: 510-642-6350.
 eharris@berkeley.edu

Abstract

Poverty and social inequalities have powerfully sculpted not only the distribution of infectious and other diseases but also the course of disease in those affected. The lack of proper diagnosis and access to adequate health services only compounds the problem. In low-resource settings, the burden of disease can be reduced if the basic human and material resources exist to support the use of low-cost interventions by appropriately trained personnel. For 20 years, the Sustainable Sciences Institute has built scientific capacity in developing countries to recognize, prevent, and respond to the threats posed by disease.

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