Early immunisations and skilled birth attendance are key factors in explaining why some low-and-middle-income countries are reducing child mortality faster than others, according to a new series of studies published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
Reducing maternal and child mortality is a priority in…
Electronic cigarettes are currently at the centre of an intense regulatory debate, generating significant interest from the media and the public. The discussion centres on whether e-cigarettes encourage smoking, and whether they should be banned, regulated as consumer products or tobacco products, as medicines, or a combination of different…
Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, has been awarded the prestigious Alwyn Smith Prize from the Faculty of Public Health for his outstanding contribution to public health in the UK and globally over the past 30 years.
The system of Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in Tanzania focuses too much on reporting mechanisms, and undermines opportunities to improve quality of care at hospital level, according to new research published in Tropical Medicine & International Health. Researchers found evidence suggesting a dysfunction in the established system, with poor…
The School recently celebrated national Universities Week, running events to spark conversations about the relevance of our research and its everyday impact on people’s lives.
Have you ever wished that books could explain their stories to you, rather than sitting silently in your hands? On 10 June, 45 visitors flocked to Keppel Street to borrow ten walking, talking, living books (our researchers!) at the Living Library. Read more
It’s official: the pub is a great place to talk about the latest scientific developments. School researchers recently starred in quirky evening sets at the Marlborough Arms pub with the international Pint of Science festival, which ran from 19-21 May. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the audience ready to heckle!
Clinicians who use rapid diagnostic tests are less likely to overprescribe malaria treatment, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.
Researchers from the Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) Consortium based at the School conducted a trial in 22 clinics across two areas of Afghanistan to assess which type of diagnosis for malaria resulted in the best treatments for patients with a fever. Read more
Lack of access to family planning services is often considered to be a major reason for women not using contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa. However, health concerns and fear of side effects are now playing a more significant role, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in Unmet Need for Family Planning – a special issue of Studies in Family Planning journal. Read more
Are you one of those people who saunter off on holiday with only sunscreen to protect you, claiming that “mosquitoes never bite me”? Or perhaps you stock up on Marmite and garlic tablets to keep the biters at bay.
Think again! Scientists from arctec, the School’s repellent testing facility, have launched Bug Off, a campaign to highlight the importance of using repellents when travelling to tropical countries where insects spread disease. Read more
Findings suggest vaccine will be effective in other low-income countries
The introduction of a new pneumococcal vaccine in routine immunisation programmes in Kenya reduced levels of the pneumococcal bacterium in two-thirds of the population, both among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. This level of coverage is expected to provide herd protection against pneumococcal disease to the whole population, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global Health.