Post submitted by Dr Dina Balabanova, Senior Lecturer in Health Systems/Policy
Recent years have seen a lot of debate on the need for strengthening health systems and channelling investment into system-wide interventions and policies. Failure to make sufficient progress on MDGs 4 and 5 has triggered interest and investment in health systems. Read more
Post submitted by Dr Ben Hawkins, Research Fellow
The UK Government today launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a 45p minimum price per unit of alcohol sold in England and Wales. This follows legislation passed in Scotland to introduce minimum pricing, where the proposed price per unit is 50p.
It is designed to tackle the high rates of alcohol related harm in the UK, not just as a result of binge drinking, but the long term effects of drinking above the government’s recommended daily limits. Many people exceed these and are unaware of the harms associated with their level of consumption. Read more
By Musa Yousuf, research student
Tuesday 20 November saw the official launch of the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group - a research group focussed on improving the public health of populations affected by armed conflict or natural disasters. Read more
A smoking cessation programme delivered through mobile technology, which has been adopted by the NHS and internationally, has won the Bupa Foundation Healthy Lives Prize.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Auckland developed txt2stop - a personalised support programme delivered by text message - and found it doubled quit rates. Read more
Scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are helping the quest for a malaria vaccine in the laboratory as well as through clinical trials.
Recently published research in PLoS Genetics marks a major step in efforts to identify promising targets of immunity by providing the first comprehensive view of where immune selection appears to be acting in the malaria parasite genome. Read more