A quick nod to the Stop TB Partnership and it’s New Drug Working Group, who have put together the Innovate TB (inTB) Contest. inTB gathers videos, photos and write-ups that tell stories of innovation focused on the fight against TB.
Here’s our TB Commons entry along with a few others that have caught my eye:
TB Commons is our notion of a disease commons, where those interested in advancing clinical research on TB can access clinicaltrials.gov data using our Clinical Collection tool. In addition, a powerful Answers Forum serves as a place to share collections of trials, and generate knowledge related to TB research. Give it a try!
The Delft Youth Theatre for Health Group
The Delft Youth Theatre for Health Group raises awareness through performances of “Bad News? Good News!” in an Afrikan community. No lights, camera, props or trained actors needed – just everyday people learning about and sharing valuable information to fight disease, and having some fun doing it.
Meet the Lampyridae
In Indiana, it’s getting pretty close to the time of the year where children will begin the time-honored tradition of catching fireflies. Learn how the firefly – the Lampyridae – and the gene that enables it’s amorous luminescence are used to identify when TB bacteria are killed.
The Kick TB! program has reached nearly 51,000 children, and by using soccer as a learning tool children better understand the symptoms of HIV and TB. The program reduces the stigma associated with the disease and raises knowledge and awareness among participants – by nearly two-thirds more than before they participated in Kick TB.
There are plenty more examples, and I encourage you to take a look. What resonates strongly is that non-traditional methods – thinking and working outside the box – can make a real difference. We aim for quite a bit of that in our clinical open innovation work. We hope you join us in our TB Commons and Clinical Open Innovation efforts.