14 – 20 May 2018

A number of LSHTM experts speak to the media on the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):

Peter Piot was interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s Newshour programme (from 5m40s) and discusses the latest on efforts to control the outbreak including: “Everything that has to be done is being done at the moment…one case of Ebola is an emergency, you don’t know wait until there are many.” Peter is also interviewed by BBC World Service Radio’s World Update programme, TV5Monde (France) and provides comment to The Guardian.

It has been announced that the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, jointly run by LSHTM and Public Health England, will be deployed to help support DRC control the outbreak. Team Director Daniel Bausch spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today (from 1h34m) ahead of the announcement.

Martin Hibberd was interviewed by Channel 4 News on the efforts to control the DRC outbreak: “I think we’re doing more than last time, we’re doing it earlier and we’ve got at least one hopeful tool to help us with that process.” Martin is also quoted by Live Science (US) on the deployment of 4,000 doses of the experimental VSV-EBOV vaccine.

John Edmunds provides comment to The Daily Telegraph on the logistical challenge of delivering the experimental vaccine to rural DRC: “It’s a big headache to deliver the vaccine and keep it frozen. It is a major operation to get the cold chain up and running and to get it right out into the field.”

Elsewhere

Thomson Reuters report on the visit by the Afghanistan Minister of Public Health to LSHTM. Feroz Ferozuddin met with LSHTM researchers who are providing technical support to the Ministry to develop a basic healthcare package. The article generates coverage in Voice of America.

Pontiano Kaleebu, Director of the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit, is quoted by AllAfrica following an event official launching LSHTM’s partnership with the Unit: “Apart from HIV/AIDS, the research unit will broaden its scope to study neglected diseases, emerging infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and stroke.”

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