Aiming higher! Extra schistosomiasis treatment needed at high altitudes?

  In Uganda, despite many years of control efforts, schistosomiasis (bilharzia) is still a big problem, affecting millions of people in 73 of its districts. People here are generally infected with the intestinal form of the disease, which causes a lot of pain and discomfort in the stomach, diarrhoea and in some cases even liver […]


Rational thinking and the EU debate

I’m the first to admit that my political knowledge is pretty weak, but as the EU referendum approaches, I’ve been finding myself feeling quite sad about how much negativity the issue is raising and so I felt the need to write down a few of the specific issues that have been bothering me. I don’t […]


Small things, big difference 1

Last month I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to West Nile region, Uganda to start up a research project. As with many of the projects I’m involved in, the project is based in an area far from the usual tourist track, hence I was privileged to get a glimpse of the ‘real’ […]


How drones save lives

In most circles of the population, drones, or (if we want to give them their official name) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are generally known for their use in military activities overseas, and hence are associated with war and destruction. Having recently been drawn into the world of drones through my work in tropical disease research, […]


Out of Malawi Part 2 1

Well, I’ve just a few more days left of my Malawian adventure, so I thought it was worth writing an update. Just to recap, I’m here in Malawi running a small study in which health workers (known as health surveillance assistants, or HSAs) are collecting information on people in their communities who have symptoms of […]