Myanmar scientist awarded dengue research fellowship
Dr Htin Zaw Soe from Myanmar has been awarded a Jacques Parisot Foundation Fellowship. Dr Soe is developing innovative environmentally-friendly repellents to prevent bites of the mosquito that transmits dengue fever.
Dengue fever is a growing problem that causes fever, and if left unmanaged, can result in dengue haemorrhagic fever that is potentially lethal. Prevention is an important public health component.
Dr Soe received TDR funding in 2010 to develop the concept with experts from Mexico and India. The foundation fellowship will provide him with US$ 5000 to take this further, where he will work with a traditional medicine expert and a laboratory expert to develop the repellents.
The award is given annually at the World Health Assembly, where the recipient is chosen by a different WHO regional group each year (this year the South-East Asia region was selected).
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