Each week The Pulse showcases topical stories from around the world and from laboratories working on new cures, vaccines and treatments.

Shistosomiasis

Parts of Africa and Asia are infected with the
eggs of the parasitic schistosome worm
Swimming, washing and fishing are everyday activities which put people at risk of catching Bilharzia or Shistosomiasis.

Vast areas of water in Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia are infected with the eggs of the parasitic schistosome worm.

The disease, if left untreated, can block organs like the liver and bladder and lead to death.

The Pulse visits Uganda, one of the first countries to benefit from a $30m control programme. We talk to Professor Alan Fenwick about the work that still needs to be done.

Politics of medicine?

The Pulse travels to Mexico where a new vaccine is being licensed that could save tens of thousands of young lives.

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea in infants and young children worldwide. But are political movements standing in the way of its distribution?

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Episode 9 of The Pulse aired from Monday December 24, 2007


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