15 – 21 November 2018

Colin Sutherland speaks to The Telegraph about the WHO World Malaria report 2018, which shows that that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. Colin said: “The UK government must continue its leading role in combating malaria, in particular focusing on the high burden countries of Africa and South Asia. Priorities should be the efforts to combat both parasite resistance to malaria drugs, and mosquito resistance to insecticides.”

Colin was also interviewed by BBC World Service about the report (26m 40s in) “One of the major successes over the past 15 years is the partnership between non-endemic countries such as Europe and North America, working together with the international community to generate mechanisms such as the Global Fund, which has provided money to governments to subsidise drug costs and support the establishment of a supply chain into rural areas.”

Elizabeth Brickley comments for a Wellcome news article exploring how research is supporting families affected by, and children growing up with congenital Zika syndrome. Elizabeth said: “There’s a profound concern about how we will support the communities that are affected. Even though the emergency is over, the need for action on Zika has not ended.”

The article also features a video with LSHTM’s Hannah Kuper. Hannah talks about working with Zika affected families.

Andrew Bastawrous is quoted in The Telegraph on why screen-related short-sightedness might be the next health time bomb.  Andrew said: “Spending time looking at near targets like smartphones may be contributing but that also means children are not spending time outside, playing outdoors, and kicking a football around, which is having a knock-on effect of not looking out in infinity very often.”

Martin McKee is quoted in The Times (£) on how vaping companies are marketing their e-cigarettes to children by using flavours such as sweets and milkshakes. Martin said: “These flavourings are clearly designed to attract kids. They are like alcopops and should be banned.”

Pablo Perel comments in the India Post on a new study which finds that better training of non-clinical staff can improve patient management, including those with chronic conditions in primary care. Pablo said: “It is possible to conduct large and high-quality trials to robustly evaluate ways of improving the care of people with chronic NCDs in low and middle-income countries.”

Cicely Marston is referenced by The Atlantic in a piece looking at why young people are having less sex than previous generations. It discusses LSHTM research where teenage boys were interviewed on their sexual experimentation. “Teenage boys experimenting with anal sex are perhaps influenced by what they’ve seen in pornography.”

Additional coverage of the Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) conference, hosted by LSHTM

Devex cover the WLGH conference, with a piece discussing why mentors are key to women succeeding in leadership. Mentorship was a key theme of the conference and the article includes quotes from two key speaks, Dr Joanne Liu (International President at Médecins Sans Frontières) and Dr Wafaa El-Sadr (Global Director of ICAP at Columbia University).

The Indian Times publishes an interview from the WLGH conference, with keynote speaker Dr Soumya Swaminathan (Deputy Director of the WHO). The interview covers a range of issues from air pollution plaguing north India to Indian women standing up against sexual harassment in the workplace.

The piece was written by Sumi Sukanya Dutta, who received a media scholarship from LSHTM to attend and report on the WLGH conference.

On social media

This week’s social media highlight comes from the LSHTM Twitter page, announcing new NIHR funding of £1.5m for LSHTM to lead vital research into vaccines for disease epidemics.

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