23-29 March 2013

Martin McKee in the Telegraph discussing the Lancet series on the state on health in Europe: “While some countries have excelled, others have withdrawn services due to the financial crisis, failed to adapt to new health challenges, and lacked the will to implement public health policies around tobacco and alcohol. Policymakers must act now before children, migrants, and older people face a public health crisis, both in the UK and across Europe.” Martin McKee and Johan Mackenbach also on Spiegal radio (Germany), Servus TV (Austria), Cadena SER Radio (Spain), and German TV channels ZDF and RTL. The story is covered in 480 publications around the world including the Guardian, Irish Times, Die Zeit, CBS News, The China Post, and Sky News Australia.

Peter Piot appears on BBC World Service’s Forum discussing viruses: “In between two outbreaks among people the virus is hiding in its natural reservoir, some animal, in the case of Ebola most probably a wild animal, and as long as people don’t get in touch with that animal it’s fine. We are seeing more and more outbreaks documented, but that is because we are much better at diagnosing these infections… and there’s more and more contact between people and wild animals due to population pressure… that means that we are constantly exposed to new viruses.”

Adam Bourne speaks to BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth about the role of language and persuasion in early HIV prevention campaigns: “In hindsight, and in 20 or 30 years of research into what kind of messages work, we wouldn’t necessarily want to re-runt that kind of campaign now, it was very fear arousing… but it didn’t give you much information about what to do about it.”

Anna Goodman speaks to the Evening Standard about a study looking at free bus travel for young people in London:  “Like Facebook, this is a way of keeping in touch with people who don’t live near you and improving your social life. Finances are absolutely key to this: it’s not a given that young people’s travel will be covered by parents, even wealthier ones. Equality for everyone is very important and free bus travel helps young people socialise and feel part of London. It means groups of friends can travel together without anyone being left out.”

Martin McKee speaks to ABC Radio Health Report about the health impacts of the financial crisis in Greece and other southern European countries: “What we’re seeing in Greece is very severe cutbacks in the health system, which even at the best of times was not functioning terribly well, but we’re seeing that facilities are being closed, opening hours are being reduced, people are finding it difficult to get care. The Greek government slashed the amount of money it was willing to pay for pharmaceuticals and as a consequence some of the drug companies stopped supplying drugs, so people are having difficulty getting their medications…”

Matthew Rogers gives some background on Leishmaniasis in a Daily Mirror feature on Ben Fogle, who contracted the disease in 2008: Leishmaniasis is a tropical disease caused by a parasite that lives inside your immune cells. It is transmitted by a sandfly’s bite and symptoms range from ulcers or sores on the skin, through to cartilage destruction in and around the nose and mouth, or a potentially fatal infection of the liver and spleen.”

Jo Borghi takes part in a Guardian Development online panel debate about financing universal healthcare.

Nicholas Mayes is one of the authors of a letter to the Guardian urging the government to reconsider the benefit cuts scheduled for 1 April.

Discussions by experts at the BBC Africa Science Festival, at which Peter Piot appeared, are reported in various publications including All Africa, Daily Monitor, and New Vision.

Ben Goldacre speaks to the Information Daily about his new paper – Building Evidence into Education.

The Guardian reports on a sanitation app created by Trémolet Consulting for the Sanitation Hackathon. The SHARE consortium led by the School has helped the creators secure funding from DfID.

Nursing Standard reviews a new book, Conflict and Health, by Natasha Howard, with activities adapted from the module taught at the School.

Medical News Today covers the Third Global Forum on TB Vaccines which is taking place in South Africa. Experts from the School are attending to present research. Also covered by other specialist sites.

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