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L’OCCITANE Sight Award will help tackle avoidable blindness in low income countries

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

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New £7.2m research collaboration to eliminate malnutrition through agriculture

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

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Wide variation in access to improved water and sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa

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

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New Global Atlas of Helminth Infections website

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

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Stroke Risk Higher After Shingles

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