12 – 18 October 2013

Peter Piot is interviewed in Sud Ouest about the concept of global health and the challenges faced: “We must redefine public health. This requires joint action from business, engineers, environmental experts and scientific innovators…We need to create new forms of transnational movements, which act quickly and are influential, involving patients. The approach to the problem must be scientific as well as political and economic, and mix ministries, NGOs, researchers, patients. Moreover, the approach cannot be one-way, from the rich to the poor.”

Alison Elliot speaks to Medical Xpress about new research from the School and partners showing that children of women harbouring the bilharzia worm during pregnancy are more likely to suffer the infection by the age of five years: “Provision of clean water, which may indirectly reduce mothers accessing the lake, would have a direct impact in reducing bilharzia infection in the children.” Also covered by other specialist news sites.

Jo Lines is quoted by the South African Government News Agency discussing large-scale vector control coverage in Africa and the possibility of malaria elimination, as part of the MIM Pan-African Malaria conference: “These interventions have prevented a large number of deaths and greatly reduced the burden of transmission. While there is a lot of attention still rightly focused on how we can win the battles of today or next week or next year, we can start turning our attention to the longer-term and think about what is needed to win the war.”

Val Curtis speaks to Duke Today following her talk at the University about her new book and the science behind disgust: “Disgust is an adaptive system. We evolved to keep away from pathogens and parasites so we could survive. Imagine if our ancestors had gone around eating (fecal matter) or touching disease-carrying animals. We wouldn’t have been around long.” Her work is also covered by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Vikram Patel speaks to Global Post about the mental health treatment within the global development dialogue: “We don’t think of mental illness as a problem in developing nations, and yet it’s even more of a problem in these countries.”

University of Oxford reports on the launch of ‘Now for the Long Term’, a report by the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations which argues that the increasing short-termism of modern politics needs to be overcome with urgent reform. Peter Piot is one of the Commissioners.

In an article about the risks of vulnerable people skipping flu vaccination, The Plymouth Herald references the recent study by researchers at the School and Public Health England which highlighted that children are key spreaders of flu. Also covered by other regional publications including York Press.

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