20 – 26 May 2017

Stephane Hue speaks to BBC One programme The Truth About… HIV (from 13m00s) discussing when and how the virus was first transmitted to humans: “Naturally, we want to know not who that person [first infected with HIV] was, but where did that virus come from. We realised, very early on, this virus belongs to a family that mainly affects primates. It turns out we inherited HIV from chimpanzees.”

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Ngozi Erondu discusses the appointment of School alumnus Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization: “[Dr Tedros’] experience…suggests he can help make the WHO leaner and less bureaucratic, and thus a more responsive organization connected to the realities on the ground.”

Ngozi also writes for STAT, detailing the lessons learned from fighting Ebola in Guinea, including the value of a strong, local and tailored response to infectious disease outbreaks. 

Julian Eaton is quoted by the Financial Times on the mental wellbeing of Chibok schoolgirls rescued in Nigeria: “Where young people have been traumatised by war, that while they benefit significantly from seeing professionals, the most important thing for them is to be properly reintroduced into their communities.”

Eleanor Riley provides comment to the Daily Mail about a small malaria vaccine study that showed effectiveness in primates: “This is very useful data and will help in the design of more effective vaccines in the future. However, studies in nonhuman primates have not always correlated with protection in humans in clinical trials.”

Oliver Brady is quoted in a Nature news article on the drop of Zika cases in Brazil and the impact this could have on gathering reliable data about the virus: “We’re seeing few, if any, cases, particularly in southern Brazil, which we thought might be the next big area to be hit this year.” Oliver’s comments are also published in Scientific American.

Peter Piot provides comment to Science magazine on the use of a new Ebola vaccine following a recent outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “My gut feeling is this is going to be more like the outbreaks we had before in DRC. Proper isolation of patients and care plus contact tracing and quarantine should really bring this epidemic under control.”

There is further coverage of a study co-led by Martin McKee ranking healthcare access and quality across the world in outlets including: TeleSur, (Venezuela), Times Live (South Africa), Le Scienze, (Italy), News-Medical and The Pharmaceutical Journal.

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