Elisa Roma provides comment to Reuters about the benefits of toilets filled with tiger worms. They take up less space than pit latrines, need to be emptied less often and can turn waste into fertiliser. In order for them to be a success, Elisa says: “There needs to be a sustained demand for such products… [and] viable business models that allow the innovation to operate without subsidies and beyond initial aid from international funders.” The article generates coverage in Daily Mail, AllAfrica and The Malay Mail.
Joy Lawn speaks to CNN following a report released by the World Health Organization that found polluted environments kill 1.7 million children yearly: “We also need to be careful in attributing these deaths just to dirty water or pollution. To prevent deaths from pneumonia, we also need vaccines and antibiotics; from malaria, we also need bed nets and anti-malarials. It is not just about pollution.”
Ngozi Erondu writes a blog for the Huffington Post on global health security and preparing for the next pandemic: “We cannot afford any longer to keep talking about the need to strengthen health systems—we must invest more in health systems in low-income countries now.”
An article in The Guardian discussing unnecessary Caesarean-sections in India references research conducted by Meenakshi Gautham highlighting private hospitals as the most “scalpel happy.”
During the week of International Women’s Day, Tammy Maclean co-authors a blog for Canada’s The Globe and Mail arguing that there is an important role for men in women’s equality: “Only then will we build the shared understanding that everyone, including men and boys, will benefit when women and girls’ equal rights are protected.”
Optometry Today cover research co-authored by the School highlighting the inequalities in access to cataract treatments, identifying illiterate women in rural areas as the most vulnerable.
Canada.com publish a blog by Mike Callaghan on the topic of mumps after an outbreak was declared in Toronto: “A vaccine alone can’t win out against the massed forces of history, culture and politics. There is a whole social world that needs to support that vaccine, long after the virus itself has slipped from memory.”