Erin Lafferty and Gwen Knight write for The Conversation about how maths can help us fight infectious disease: “In our globally connected world, pathogens will continue to emerge or re-emerge and spread. Models allow us to make powerful predictions about future infections using information from the present. This allows mathematical modellers to provide essential recommendations to the health care workers that we see wearing full-body protective equipment, contributing to reducing the spread of infection and improving global health.” The piece also runs on IFL Science and World Economic Forum.
The Punch (Nigeria) exclusively runs a story about new research from the ACT Consortium, which suggests that health workers in Nigeria trained to use malaria rapid diagnostic tests are still prescribing valuable malaria medicines to patients who do not have the disease. Also covered by publications including Daily Trust (Nigeria), Medical News Today, Health Medicine Network, and Pharmaceutical Processing. The radio station Voice of America speaks about the research.
Andrew Bastawrous is interviewed for The Insight about what inspired him to develop PEEK – the portable eye examination kit – and how he hopes it will help provide better eye care in remote areas: “We’re getting interest from all over the world. Peek isn’t solving the problem, it’s the eye-care workers and the NGOs and the government organisations who are doing this. Our role really is to support them to do more and reach further than they’re currently able to. A lot of people are saying, “This is what I’ve been looking for”, the problem was that they couldn’t get to the most challenging places and couldn’t get to the people who needed it most. This is certainly a way for them to get to the people, particularly those who were in the most vulnerable groups.”
The PEEK vision team wins the INDEX: Award 2015 design prize in Copenhagen this week for their affordable smartphone adaptor, Peek Retina. The award is covered by outlets including DR Danish TV, Design Boom, The National (Scotland), Verdens Bedste Nyheder (Denmark), and Shanghai Daily.
Val Curtis speaks to National Geographic (Netherlands) about disgust, and why people are intrigued to smell stinky things.
Karen Devries and Nambusi Kyegombe write for The Conversation about violence by teachers in Ugandan schools and an initiative which is helping tackle the problem: “These results show that the toolkit is highly effective in reducing violence in primary schools over an 18-month period. The next step will be to examine how long this effect lasts – will levels of violence continue to decline? What do staff, students and administrators need if they are to remain motivated? And what are the most effective models for widespread implementation of the toolkit?”
Times Higher Education cover the planning application for the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a joint initiative between the School and UCL, in their Campus News round-up.
Brian Greenwood speaks to the Canadian Medical Association Journal about the malaria vaccine, Mosquirex (or RTS,S) which was recently given the green light by the European Medicines Agency despite providing only partial coverage: “We use other vaccines that are not fully effective, such as the influenza vaccine…. Malaria is such a common problem that this [efficacy] makes it worthwhile in some areas where infections are not very well controlled.”
The Nation (Thailand) runs an interview with Peter Piot about the recent UNAIDS and Lancet Commission report into HIV/AIDS: “Far more needs to be done to prevent HIV infections. On this front, many countries have dropped the ball. There’s been huge focus on treatment and not enough on prevention. Expanding sustainable access to treatment is essential, but we will not treat ourselves out of the Aids epidemic.”