11 – 17 March 2017

Karl Blanchet provides comment to Reuters on a new study that shows more needs to be done to protect Syrian healthcare workers as medical services become targets of war: “Syria is just the tip of the iceberg. In Afghanistan and Yemen today, international humanitarian organizations …report attacks on health facilities every week.” The article generates coverage in outlets worldwide including Voice of America, Daily Mail, Channel News Asia and Yahoo.

WIRED UK highlight the ’20 things we learned’ at the WIRED Health conference held earlier this month, including how to address the ongoing HIV epidemic which was the subject of Peter Piot’s talk. Peter says: First of all it has to be back on the top agenda, by that I mean the political agenda, business agenda.”

Martin McKee is interviewed by CNN for a piece comparing various healthcare systems used across the world and how the UK can learn from these models: “The growing number of older people with multi-morbidities are having very very complex trajectories through the health and social care system.”

The Economist discuss research recently published by Martin McKee and Lucinda Hiam that linked the 2015 England & Wales mortality spike to failures in the health and social care system. Martin also writes for BMJ blogs discussing the future of the European Health Insurance Card for UK citizens.

Val Curtis provides comment to NetDoctor following research that suggests eating food that has momentarily been on the floor is very unlikely to cause harm. Val says: “Whilst dropping food on the floor and then picking it up and eating it is less than ideal behaviour, it’s unlikely to make you seriously sick. Much more worrying is people who go to the toilet, or touch raw meat and then don’t wash their hands with soap and then prepare food.”

An editorial written by Charlotte Warren-Gash is quoted in Healio in reference to a study linking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to a higher risk or heart attack in patients with existing respiratory infections: “Clinicians should consider both medical conditions and existing medications when prescribing NSAIDs for symptomatic acute respiratory infection relief.”

Royal Central cover Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex’s trip to Malawi which included visits to a hospital and school to observe Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) first-hand and the activities to end avoidable blindness co-ordinated by the School.
Global-Citizen interview Peek co-founder Andrew Bastawrous following his recognition as a 2016 Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureate.

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