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Photo © Eawag/Sandec

At least one third of the population in low- and middle-income countries has no access to safe drinking water. Solar water disinfection (SODIS) is a simple, low-cost but innovative method to improve the quality of drinking water by using sunlight to inactivate pathogens causing diarrhoea. Contaminated water is filled into transparent plastic bottles and exposed to the full sunlight for 6 hours. During the exposure, the UV-A radiation of the sunlight destroys the pathogens. SODIS has been developed by the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Research.

Photo © 2008 Olivier Asselin

Paulo Buss, President of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, speaking at the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, Bamako, Mali in November 2008.

Photo © 2004 Photoshare/Amok Nagrare

Photo © Kangaroo Foundation/Nathalie Charpak

Each year, almost 4 million infants die during the first month of life. Of these deaths, many are correlated to the infant's prematurity and/or low birth weight. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is an evidence-based, innovative technology, centered on the mother as the main provider of heat and stimulation (skin-to-skin contact 24 hours a day, i.e. kangaroo position), nutrition (maternal milk) and close monitoring at home. As a result, the infant’s temperature stays within normal range, thanks to the heat of the mother's body. The method was created and developed by a team of paediatricians at the Instituto Materno Infantil in Bogotá, Colombia.

Photo © 2007 Bernardo DeNiz

Journalists covering Forum 11, the annual meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research, which took place in Beijing, China in November 2007.

Photo © 2008 Olivier Asselin

A participant in the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health (Bamako, Mali) studies the resulting Call to Action, which stresses that the global research for health agenda should be determined by national and regional agendas and priorities. It also urges national governments to allocate at least 2% of budgets of ministries of health to research.