The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 125, 15 January 2003
The future starts here«
Knighthood for head of surgery«
Proud Ravinder knighted«
Sparks across the park«
Taking LEAD with seven point plan«
Advanced Civil Engineering Education Initiative«
Britain's earliest TB victim«
Professor Peter Hills«
Academic training courses«
Optimising performance«
Shining a new light on the eye«
Imperial College Volunteer Centre«
New look gym at Wye«
In brief«
Media spotlight«
What's onů«

Taking LEAD with seven point plan

A SEVEN point plan addressing critical problems in water and sanitation, energy, healthcare, agriculture and biodiversity in the developing world, was launched last week by LEAD International and Imperial College London.

The projects, planned for China, India, and countries in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa, respond to a call from the Johannesburg World Summit to step up global partnerships for sustainable development.

LEAD and Imperial are now seeking funding costs for each proposals costing between £200,000 and £1 million for three-year periods.

"These new research-and-action projects have a real chance of meeting some key needs in the developing world," said Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial College London.

"The proposals have been developed by specialists from Imperial and LEAD in a partnership which has produced a new type of research linking scientists closely with the societies they live and work in, to better address the needs of sustainable development."

The proposals focus on the Millennium Development Goals, and the areas of water and sanitation, energy, health, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity - the key 'WEHAB' themes outlined by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as priorities for the Johannesburg Summit.

They include a project that will research and design an integrated water and sanitation pilot system for Freedom Park, a shanty town in Cape Town, and another which will develop and distribute simple filtering technology to farmers in China and India.

Further projects include forecasting how toxins and other pollutants respond to different water management schemes for the Hun River area in China, and looking at healthcare for mothers and children, monitoring health services and running surveys to help healthcare teams make informed decisions based on good practice and the needs of local mothers and children.

"Having a five-star university applying their research excellence to on-the-ground development work represents a unique opportunity to improve the lives of poor people across the world," added Julia Marton-Lefevre, Executive Director of LEAD International.

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