Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gates Foundation awards 1.7 million to inspire supply chain innovation



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Gates Foundation awards 1.7 million to inspire supply chain innovation

by Raja Rao, [The] Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Earlier this year, 17 different proposals on how to optimize immunization systems were each awarded $100,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Raja Rao gives an overview of each proposal.

A “bulletin board” for broadcasting vaccine supply and demand
Arun Ramanujapuram of Logistimo in India proposes to develop a mobile phone-based “bulletin board” for capturing and broadcasting availability and demand information for vaccines and medicines. By bringing real-time visibility to these essential goods, stock can be appropriately redistributed to areas of need, and waste can be reduced.

A mobile cloud system to achieve universal vaccination 
Alain Labrique of  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA will develop and field test in rural Bangladesh a cloud-based mobile phone system that will allow for universal access to vaccination records, send vaccine reminders and messaging, and provide incentives to parents and health care workers via a phone application. This new strategy could increase the reach, coverage, and public acceptance of immunization.

A passive solar thermal standard for vaccine storage rooms
Loriana Dembele of Eau et Vie Jiduma in Mali proposes to develop new architecture and construction guidelines for vaccine storage rooms in hot climates that incorporate passive solar thermal technologies to keep vaccines at recommended temperatures. The team will construct and test prototype storage facilities using a variety of building materials to determine new standards that prevent vaccine spoilage, reduce operating costs, and improve refrigeration capabilities.

Development and first field-testing of battery-free solar freezers
Steve McCarney of the Solar Electric Light Fund in the USA proposes to accelerate the development and field-testing of two solar-powered, battery-free, ice-pack freezers to provide a missing link in the cold chain where outreach efforts require frozen packs to cool vaccines during transport and immunization sessions.

An anti-vaccine surveillance and alert system
Seth Kalichman of the http://www.uconn.edu/ in the USA will establish an Internet-based global monitoring and rapid alert system for finding, analyzing, and counteracting communication campaigns containing misinformation regarding vaccines to support global immunization efforts.

A geospatial optimization tool
Payal Kamdar of http://www.vsolvit.com/ in the USA proposes to develop a customizable geographical information system web application platform that integrates existing data in a particular region (e.g., population, locations of vaccines stores, health care facilities, transportation options, even weather) to maximize delivery of vaccines to target populations.

Compostable vaccine packaging
Claire Dillavou of the University of California, Los Angeles in the USA will develop compostable vaccine packaging to diminish the environmental impact of residual debris from mass vaccination campaigns in developing countries lacking adequate disposal infrastructure.

Net-zero energy warehousing systems for drugs and vaccines 
Jonathan Colton of Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA, with John Lloyd, Andrew Garnett, and Steve McCarney, will solicit proposals from industry to create a full set of requirements and engineering specifications for the development of a new “net-zero energy” warehouse and distribution system for vaccines and drugs in developing countries.

On-demand vaccine delivery via low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles 
George Barbastathis of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in the USA will lead a team to develop unmanned aerial vehicles that can be deployed by health care workers via cell phones to swiftly transport vaccines to rural locations and alleviate last-mile delivery problems and improve cost, quality, and coverage of vaccine supplies.

Phase change material freeze-prevention liner for vaccines
Nancy Muller of PATH in the USA will develop and field-test a durable liner for vaccine carriers that will be prefilled with an engineered phase change material that responds to external temperatures by changing from liquid to solid to protect vaccines from freezing. For more information, please email Nancy Muller ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Profitable vaccine distribution in emerging markets 
Lisa Ganley-Leal and Pauline Mwinzi of Epsilon Therapeutics in the USA will test the hypothesis that selling vaccines through medicine shops in emerging markets can lead to profits for both vaccine developers and small business owners. Demonstrating profitability may lead pharmaceutical companies to invest greater resources in vaccine development and distribution and develop local partnerships for profitability strategies.

Remote monitoring of the cold chain distribution of vaccines 
Nithya Ramanathan of Nexleaf Analytics in the USA, working with  Direct Relief International and Medic Mobile, is developing cell phone sensors that monitor refrigerated vaccine stocks and generate geo-tagged alerts when vaccines reach critical temperatures. The sensors could enable affordable, remote monitoring of vaccine safety throughout the supply chain.

Robust mobile component for logistics 
Anup Akkihal of  Logistimo in India proposes to develop a cloud-based mobile supply chain platform that allows real-time data to be accessed by mobile phone and web-based applications, enabling information sharing and optimized decision support that can maximize immunization coverage for children worldwide.

Single-vial system 
Spyridon Tsakas of Eulysis UK Limited in the United Kingdom will test an innovative single-vial system technology that allows for easier transport, reconstitution, and storage of vaccines with lyophilized components. Data gathered on its packaging, transportability, and in situ lyophilization potential will help optimize the technology for safe vaccine delivery to the developing world.

SMS mobile technology for vaccine coverage and acceptance
Edwin Asturias of Children’s Hospital Colorado in the USA will test a mobile phone short message service (SMS) system that will provide messaging texts to parents of infants in Guatemala in an effort to improve timely immunizations, increase vaccine acceptance, and provide a tool for reporting of side effects.

Use of bar codes for vaccine introductions in poor countries
Lauren Franzel of PATH in the USA will explore the use of bar-code technology to improve vaccine supply and logistics management as well as strategic forecasting of vaccine supply and demand. Real-time data could ensure allocation of doses to where they are needed most, reduce wastage and inventory holding costs, and enhance capacity for strategic matching of vaccine supply and demand at a global level. For more information, please email Yvette Madrid ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Vaccine freeze-damage assessment for improved supply systems 
Richard Gilstrap of Innovar Scientific in the USA will develop and test a device for rapid detection of freeze damage in widely used adjuvant-type vaccines. This device could provide critical information needed for cold chain optimization and effective immunization programs.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dallas West Nile Virus Spray Operation Aug 2012 Raw Notes

Dallas West Nile Virus Spray Operation Aug 2012 Raw Notes

Government agents overseeing the spray operations:

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

News reports:

West Nile Virus: US Planes Sprays Poison On It's People
ABC News
Published on Aug 18, 2012
Dallas (County) Judge Clay Jenkins orders the areal spraying of the pesticide chemical called Duet.

West Nile Virus epidemic comfired in usa
Animal Planet
Published on Jun 10, 2012
1,200 killed since 1999 to 2012
NYC in 1999

Dallas Fights West Nile Virus With Aerial Spray
ABC News
Published on Aug 17, 2012
Mayor Mike Rawlings

Petitioning The City of Dallas and Other Area Municipalities: This petition will be delivered to: The City of Dallas and Other Area Municipalities Dallas County Commissioners Dallas, Stop the Spray! Combat Mosquitoes the Intelligent Way!






West Nile spraying slowed by rain; officials stay determined

West Nile virus facts: Why Texas? How do I tell if I'm infected?

Manufacturer of the mosquito pesticide called Duet:





Texas death count that medical doctors are claiming are the direct result of the West Nile Virus:



Other Cities:

County Woman Confirmed To Have West Nile
Staff Reports
02:56PM / Saturday, August 25, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An elderly woman is hospitalized after contracting West Nile Virus - the first confirmed case in the county.

State sees 3rd death from West Nile
August 25, 2012
The third death in Michigan this year from the West Nile virus was an 84-year-old Texas man visiting family in the Detroit area, the state Department of Community Health said Friday.

Bucks Co. Woman Contracts West Nile Virus
Falls Township woman has 1st confirmed human case in the county
Monday, Aug 20, 2012 | Updated 5:01 PM EDT
Bucks County, PA has reported its first case of West Nile virus.
The first person to contract West Nile in the county is a 54-year-old Falls Township woman who has since recovered from her symptoms, according to officials.

NYS Up To 13 West Nile Cases; No EEE Yet
Story Published: Aug 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM EDT
Story Updated: Aug 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM EDT

Residents urged to stay indoors during spraying -- Harris County / Houston, TX
By Cindy George
Updated 8:24 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012

Aerial spraying of mosquito-fighting insecticide began Wednesday night for parts of west and northwest Harris County. The treatment is expected to last five to seven hours, according to Martha Marquez, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services.

Starting just after nightfall, planes began treating approximately 63,000 acres in response to recent surveillance showing increased West Nile virus in Harris County.

Aircraft will be spraying Dibrom, a chemical also known as Naled, that is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to combat mosquitoes.

As a precaution, individuals are advised to stay indoors during the application, according to the county health department.

Manhattan to be sprayed against West Nile
August 29, 2012

30 AUG 12
~60 miles west of Minneapolis. Land of 10,000 lakes.

West Nile Virus “Outbreak” Justifies Spraying Toxic Chemicals onto Citizens

Dibrom / Naled:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Martial Law Shakes Hands With The US Vaccine Program

On the Robert Scott Bell Show (Aug 2, 2012), Jon Rappoport and Robert Scott Bell talk about the far-reaching implications of US Department of War's involvement in the US Vaccine Program -- dubbed the "Blue Angel" project administered by DARPA. The ability to produce vaccines at a much faster rate using tobacco plants instead of chicken eggs. A new technology of "clinical trails in a petri dish" to replace "clinical trails in humans". The use of rapidly produced vaccines as a "defensive weapon system" and an example of a possible scenario that would prompt its deployment as a covert "offensive weapon system".

Click here to listen to the podcast -- go to the "1hr 4min" mark.

Click here for the background article on this subject.

Click here for the Robert Scott Bell Archives.

Busting Up The Official Batman Theater Murder Story

On the Robert Scott Bell Show (July 24, 2012), Jon Rappoport, Liam Scheff, and Robert Scott Bell bust-up the official James Holmes Lone Gunman Aurora Colorado Batman Theater Shooting Story by asking the questions...

What psychiatric drugs was James Holmes on?

Who is James Holmes' doctor?

Was James Holmes set up to be a patsy?

Note: This interview aired before the press identified Dr Lynne Fenton as James Holmes' doctor.

Click here to listen to the podcast -- go to the 17 min mark.

Click here for the Robert Scott Bell Archives.