Professor Clare Gilbert, co-director of the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been awarded the L’OCCITANE Sight Award in recognition of her work to tackle avoidable blindness in low income countries.
Prof Gilbert, an expert on the epidemiology of blindness in children, will use the €50,000 award to carry out research on the eye health of school children and their teachers in Bangladesh. Read more
Child death rates from malaria have halved since 2000, and more than 3.3 million people have been saved by prevention methods and treatment. However, a child still dies every minute from a disease that costs less than £1 to treat (Malaria No More).
On 7 April for World Health Day, researchers from the Malaria Reference Laboratory, the ACT Consortium and the Department of Disease Control joined Malaria No More UK to encourage MPs from all parties to back action against malaria into the next Parliament. They discussed vector control and malaria diagnosis and treatment with members of the public and more than 30 parliamentarians, including Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for International Development. Read more
A new partnership to guide global agriculture and eliminate malnutrition has been awarded £7.2m from the Department for International Development (DFID).
The five-year research initiative, Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA), led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, will accelerate the development of scientific evidence to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population, projected to hit nine billion by 2050. Read more
Access to improved drinking water and sanitation is highly variable within individual countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to new research carried out by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The study, published in PLOS Medicine, identifies important geographic inequalities, estimating that coverage of improved drinking water supply varied from as low as 3.2% in some districts of Somalia to as high as 99.0% in urban populations in Namibia, while access to improved sanitation ranged from 0.2% in parts of Chad to close to 100% in Gambia. Read more
Posted by Dr Jennifer Rogers.
At the start of January I was extremely honoured to be appointed the Royal Statistical Society Guy Lecturer. I was asked to write a presentation suitable for GCSE and sixth form students that would talk about statistics in an accessible and entertaining way. No easy task! Read more
The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI), based in the Department for Disease Control at the School and led by Prof. Simon Brooker, have launched a new website.
ThisWormyWorld.org is a leading resource on the geographical distribution of neglected tropical diseases, and now searching for maps and data is even easier. Read more
Patients’ risk of stroke significantly increased following shingles, but antiviral drugs appeared to offer some protection, according to new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, showed that people with shingles, an often painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, had a higher stroke risk in the first 6 months after shingles symptoms appeared. However, this is the first study to also show that the increased risk of stroke can be reduced with antiviral treatment. Read more
Post submitted by Dr Alex Mold.
Are you afraid of making "One False Move"?
Do you want to give your children "A Lifetime of Protection" against infectious diseases?
Are you behaving in such a way that you "Don’t Die of Ignorance"?
These are just some of the public health messages explored in a public film discussion evening organised by Dr Alex Mold on 25 March 2014 on the theme “Communicating Health, Communicating Disease”. Read more
Our intrepid shoe-leather epidemiologist is back with a new installment of Bloomsbury’s public health history.
Boot is delighted with the better walking weather – and congratulates the brave participants of the Squares and Pairs walk on 12 February, when umbrella-breaking rain and chilling winds made even the sturdy streets of Bloomsbury an assault course! It was also fun in a British kind of way. We’ll repeat this walk in a calmer season. Read more
Post submitted by Dr Melanie Morris. Dr Morris visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on 5 March to bring the world of Epidemiology to life for a class of Year 5 children.
I am a Research Fellow in the Cancer Survival Group, and I was asked to launch St Joseph’s annual science week with an interactive talk about epidemiology. I was keen to help the children understand what epidemiology is, and why it is important. I explained that epidemiologists look at the characteristics of who gets sick in order to work out what can be done to improve the health of populations. By understanding who gets sick, we can provide advice to people that hopefully stops them from getting ill in the first place. Read more