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Women, Agriculture, Medical Gloves, and Condoms
Prof Katrina Cornish is collaborating with the South African government and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), on South African village-based woman-run guayule cultivation, and low-tech co-op based processing, and regional condom manufacturing. Guayule latex films provide an impermeable barrier to the transmission of human viruses and do not cross-react with Type I latex allergy. We have developed new formulations for condoms and medical gloves to make products which do not cause the Type IV allergies and irritant dermatitis induced by residual carbamate and thiuram accelerators. This project is aimed at producing a cash crop for unemployed South Africans, especially in the poverty-stricken Eastern Cape, wide scale distribution of a new-generation circumallergenic, incredibly comfortable condoms, while encouraging the development of a host of associated entrepreneurial small businesses.
Prof. Cornish is co-supervising a post-doc and two Ph.D. students at UWC and she has an adunct appointment there also. One of her Ph.D. students here is collaborating on the development. It is a research project, rather than class-driven.
Interested? Contact Prof. Cornish.