News from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola

Image: Ebolavirus. Credit: Frederick A MurphyThe London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, and analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them. Read more

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School-based first aid kit for malaria named among 25 innovative solutions to global health problems

A programme that trains teachers to manage uncomplicated malaria in school children in Malawi has been recognised by the WHO’s Social Innovation in Health Initiative. Read more

Child survival in Tanzania soars but mothers and newborns left behind

Mother with baby in Tanzania  by Jordi Matas for Save the ChildrenTanzania has achieved Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 for child survival, but there has been insufficient progress in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in the country, according to a case study published in The Lancet Global Health to mark International Day of the African Child. The country was selected as a Countdown to 2015 case study, in which researchers collected and analysed the best available data from 1990 (MDG baseline) to 2014. They assessed changes in maternal, newborn and child mortality, looked at the reasons behind these changes, and identified which groups were being left behind. Read more

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Why do rates of partner violence vary between locations?

Intimate partner violence (physical or sexual harm by a current or former partner or spouse) affects nearly one in three women worldwide within their lifetime, but this can vary hugely between countries and even neighbourhoods. New research from the School and the University of Oslo has revealed underlying gender factors, which may help to explain this diverse geographical distribution and advise future prevention measures. Read more

Peter Piot to receive DIA’s Global Inspire Award

Peter Piot portrait - credit Heidi LarsonProfessor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is to be honored with a Global Inspire Award by DIA (the Drug Information Association) for his significant and innovative contributions to advancing global health.  Read more

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Government must face ‘mounting evidence’ for taxes on unhealthy food

The UK Government must face growing evidence in support of taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, according to a new report co-authored by Dr Laura Cornelsen and Angela Carriedo from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The paper, published by the Food Research Collaboration (FRC), reviews the impact of taxes overseas and concludes that the growing obesity epidemic must be tackled by making unhealthy products with low nutritional value more expensive to reduce their consumption. Read more

Charlotte Watts elected to Fellowship of Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Charlotte Watts has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, in recognition of her excellence in medical research. Prof Charlotte Watts This year, 48 new Fellows were elected for their contribution to the advancement of medical science. Prof Watts follows Prof Eleanor Riley, who was elected into the Fellowship this time last year. Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.” Read more