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The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-saving Science From Lab To Village

by Abdallah Daar, Peter A. Singer

Doubleday Canada | September 20, 2011 | Hardcover

The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-saving Science From Lab To Village is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
The health-sciences equivalent of Thomas Friedman''s bestseller The World is Flat, this inspiring and revelatory book by two of today''s finest scientists shows how advances in global health will transform lives -- particularly in the developing world -- over the next decade.

The Grandest Challenge begins with a simple premise: that every person''s life is of equal value, regardless of where in the world he or she lives. It also begins with a simple, alarming fact: in this age of spectacular scientific advances, it is still those who live in the developed world -- in the West -- who benefit most from our enormous power to combat disease, and those in the developing world who are most likely to die for lack of basic, inexpensive care and nutrition.

In this revelatory book, distinguished scientists Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer argue that the revolution in biotechnology can save millions of lives -- but only if we find a way to bring knowledge and treatments out of state-of-the-art labs and into the world''s most remote villages. The doctors lead us on an eye-opening, globe-spanning tour, showing us in vivid detail how developing countries can and are breaking the cycle of dependence, exchanging knowledge, and creating solutions that work for their own people as well as the rest of us.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.27 × 6.26 × 1.11 in

Published: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667183

ISBN - 13: 9780385667180

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly inspiring "The last two decades have seen a dramatic transformation in the way medical research and innovation is pursued. No longer is science ruthlessly focussed on the diseases of affluent societies; now we recognize the importance of preventing premature death in every setting. This remarkable change has often been initiated and always facilitated by the work of doctors Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer and their Centre for Global Health in Toronto. They have particularly advocated for taking the excitement of modern biomedical research to countries with major medical needs. This is both their own story and the story of the emerging field of global health, one that is full of remarkable characters who have fuelled this revolution. It is a fascinating story, made richer because of the direct involvement of Daar and Singer, and also, crucially, because there is so much at stake.” -Professor Sir John Bell, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University "Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer have created a gift for all those committed to tackling global health and development challenges. They highlight the critical role that so many truly inspiring people from diverse countries and disciplines play in building innovative action-oriented solutions to deeply intractable and unacceptable global health problems. Their compelling stories show us how traditional vaccine scientists, venture capitalists, plant biologists, pharmaceutical executives and bioethicists contribute to global health. And they challenge deeply held views about the lack of trust that limits private-public interactions, as well as stereotypes about the lack of innovation in Africa. Readers will learn and be humbled by the authors' compassion, strong belief in science as the key to development and their unwavering optimism that we can improve the health of all if we act together." -Derek Yach, Senior Vice President, Global Health and Agricultural Policy, PepsiCo Inc.
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading "An engaging account...inspirational. The authors of this book are role models for how empathy and dedication to social justice can serve as powerful forces to solve our most difficult global challenges." Calestous Juma, Kennedy School, Harvard University "Daar and Singer show us how to rise to the grandest challenge of all: to make sure that science keeps its promise to all people, not just the rich. They point the way to how we can heal sick, protect the vulnerable, reach the unreached, and bring human dignity to all. Essential reading." Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Date published: 2011-10-26

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The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-saving Science From Lab To Village

by Abdallah Daar, Peter A. Singer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.27 × 6.26 × 1.11 in

Published: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667183

ISBN - 13: 9780385667180

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Our inspiration for writing this book stems from a simple but powerful fact: If your home is in London, New York or Toronto, you can expect to live well into your late seventies or early eighties. If you live in Morogoro, Tanzania, on the other hand, you will live only about half as long.   In fact, roughly 90 percent1 of human beings live in poor regions of the world, and their lives are routinely cut short by infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis and hiv/aids, diseases that in rich countries are preventable or controllable. The overwhelming majority of the world’s citizens are also increasingly more susceptible to non-infectious diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, which in developing nations kill more readily because of poor diet, poor living conditions and limited access to health care.2 For many decades and perhaps even longer, most of us have accepted these inequities as inevitable, a function of the great divide between the lesser-developed world and prosperous nations. But does it really have to be this way? Is there any solid evidence to suggest that life expectancy in some places must necessarily be shorter than in others? And is a life in the developed world really more valuable than the life of someone living in a poorer region?   Absolutely not.   In fact, with the mapping of the human genome we are poised at the edge of a revolutionary wave of science, one that offers incredible opportunities to improve life sciences
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The health-sciences equivalent of Thomas Friedman''s bestseller The World is Flat, this inspiring and revelatory book by two of today''s finest scientists shows how advances in global health will transform lives -- particularly in the developing world -- over the next decade.

The Grandest Challenge begins with a simple premise: that every person''s life is of equal value, regardless of where in the world he or she lives. It also begins with a simple, alarming fact: in this age of spectacular scientific advances, it is still those who live in the developed world -- in the West -- who benefit most from our enormous power to combat disease, and those in the developing world who are most likely to die for lack of basic, inexpensive care and nutrition.

In this revelatory book, distinguished scientists Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer argue that the revolution in biotechnology can save millions of lives -- but only if we find a way to bring knowledge and treatments out of state-of-the-art labs and into the world''s most remote villages. The doctors lead us on an eye-opening, globe-spanning tour, showing us in vivid detail how developing countries can and are breaking the cycle of dependence, exchanging knowledge, and creating solutions that work for their own people as well as the rest of us.

About the Author

ABDALLAH DAAR was born in Tanzania. He is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. He is the recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, and often advises governments and the UN, UNESCO, WHO and OECD on global health.

PETER SINGER is Director of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary-General''s Office, the Government of Canada, and Pepsico Inc. He is also a sought-after commentator and public speaker.

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Praise for The Grandest Challenge
"The Grandest Challenge is not only enlightening, solution orientated and deeply personal but it also encourages the reader to challenge the existing norm and encourages us to ask ourselves pivotal questions."
—The Independent (UK)