Archive for March, 2013

Clearly, the condom is big business- If you have a great idea on how to improve on the condoms we have now, Bill and Melinda Gates are ready to offer you $1 million.

Lets hope the next inventor thinks about disposal creatively…

Philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, are going to offer start-up funds of $100,000 to anyone who can come up with the “next-generation condom,” according to Grand Challenges in Global Health.

The Round 11 of Grand Challenges Explorations initiative has been managed through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. There is no doubt that a new, innovative condom could do just that and help increase health awareness around the globe and hence reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, but the condom must be effective at doing the stuff our current generation condoms can do.

If chosen by the Foundation, the lucky brain trust would find his/her project funded up to the grand total of $1 million.

“To overcome persistent health and development problems, we need new, game-changing ideas,” Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Science at the Foundation, said in a press release.

“Inspiration can come from anywhere, and we are hopeful that this new round of Grand Challenges Explorations will uncover innovative approaches to improve lives around the world.”


Condoms & Mama Mboga

Posted: March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Champs, can we recruit vegetable vendors into the campaign?  Looks like condoms are standard fare in grocery stalls…Will Mama Mboga remember to advise customers on responsible used-condoms disposal?  

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The debate surrounding a new condom advert that was pulled off the airwaves after drawing sharp criticism from religious groups is still eliciting disapproval, with the Catholic Church saying it would never support it.

The advert, which encourages married women to use condoms when engaging in extramarital affairs, caused a huge outcry from several religious organisations that deemed it as promoting immorality.

“We know for a fact that a big proportion of both men and women have sex outside their regular partnerships and so unfaithfulness as you would call it is a reality that we have to face in this country,” Deputy Director Kenya National AIDS and STI Control Programme Peter Cherutich said