Fighting to Protect the Sick

Researchers develop high-tech paper test cards to determine if medicines are genuine, leading to safer treatment of illness around the world.

In Eldoret, Kenya, the harm imposed by substandard or counterfeit medicine is all too real. Unscrupulous manufacturers or distributors replace expensive medicines with cheaper, less effective ones – or even worthless maize meal or chalk. This type of activity is more than fraud; it’s a matter of life and death. Each year, counterfeit and substandard medicines kill more than 300,000 people worldwide.

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The University of Notre Dame’s award-winning “What Would You Fight For?” series showcases the work, scholarly achievements, and global impact of Notre Dame faculty, students, and alumni. These two-minute segments, each originally aired during a home football game broadcast on NBC, highlight the University’s proud moniker, the Fighting Irish, and tell the stories of the members of the Notre Dame family who fight to bring solutions to a world in need.

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September 27, 2013

Global AffairsHealth and SocietyScience and TechnologyChemistry and BiochemistryCollege of ScienceDrugsEck Institute for Global HealthInternationalKenyaMarya LiebermanMedicineResearch

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