4 – 10 October 2018

Val Curtis speaks to Devex on India’s Swachh Bharat behaviour change campaign to achieve the goal of an open defecation-free India by the end of 2019: “I cannot think of any other campaign that has touched more people and had more demonstrable impact.”

Francesco Checchi is interviewed by Voice of America on a new LSHTM report estimates the conflict in South Sudan has likely led to 383,000 excess deaths since 2013. He said: “I’m hoping that by putting numbers…on the level of suffering and impact that these crises have on people, we’re actually going to be able to influence that broad global commitment to humanitarian financing.”

Mishal Khan provides comment to SciDev.net on India’s primary healthcare system and the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in the country: “It is essential to have good quality, trusted health care services close to patients so that they do not have to turn to untrained providers.”

Stephen Evans is quoted by CNN on a new study that suggests women who regularly take a daily low-dose aspirin may lower their risk of developing ovarian cancer: “[The analysis is] good, but the limitations in the data mean that the findings should be treated with caution. However, the risk for any particular individual, even if these findings are correct, is not high.”

Paul Mee provides comment to CNN on a liver transplant from an HIV-positive woman to her uninfected baby in South Africa, which could potentially widen the country’s organ donor pool: “The [global] shortage of suitable organ donors… is made much worse in countries such as South Africa with high rates of HIV, where infected individuals would normally be considered ineligible.

On social media

This week’s social media highlight is from the LSHTM Twitter account, celebrating Ruth Keogh’s selection as one of 11 UK scientists for the prestigious Suffrage Science award, celebrating the achievements of leading women in mathematics and computing.

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