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TB patient in Mumbai. Credit: WHO/Rochkind

How to hinder tuberculosis control: five easy steps

Tuberculosis (TB) control remains an important global issue, with 8.6 million TB cases reported by the World Health Organization in 2012 and 1.3 million deaths from the disease. Over 95% of tuberculosis deaths occur in low-and-middle-income countries.

Writing in an article for The Lancet, the…




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Dessie Referral Hospital in Afar region Ethiopia. CREDIT Michael Tsegaye Save the Children

Immunisations and skilled birth attendance are key factors in reducing child mortality

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…




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Electronic cigarette Credit: Lindsay Fox

Electronic cigarettes and history

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…




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Martin McKee awarded Alwyn Smith Prize

Martin McKee 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. Read more

Maternity ward in Tanzania

Health workers in Tanzania face hurdles in performing effective maternal death reviews

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…




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Health workers in Afghanistan receive training to perform malaria rapid diagnostic tests Credit Toby Leslie

Rapid Diagnostic Tests aid malaria diagnosis in Afghanistan

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

A crowd gathers for a community meeting about family planning in Ghana.

Health concerns now biggest reason for women not using family planning in Ghana

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

A child receving pneumococcal vaccine in Kenya, 2011.

Pneumococcal vaccination of children in Kenya can provide ‘herd protection’ to unvaccinated population

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. Read more