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Leading health experts urge European governments to “mobilise all possible resources” to fight Ebola epidemic

Image: European Union flagsLeading health experts have urged EU Member States to “mobilise all possible resources” to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic, in an open letter published in The Lancet. The letter is signed by 44 prominent academics, clinicians, and health professionals from 16 European countries, including Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and President Elect of the European Public Health Association. Read more

One of the projects highlighted in the paper is a bus with a tele-psychiatry consultation room and a pharmacy which provides access to mental health care in remote communities in India © Schizophrenia Research Foundation

Global policy report recommends six policy actions to improve access to mental health services

To tackle the challenges involved in ensuring access to evidence-based interventions for those with mental health problems globally, six policy actions have been combined with real-world examples of mental health innovations, in a new paper published in Health Affairs. The paper, written by some of the leading voices in global mental health, expands on a report originally presented at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha in December 2013. Read more

NHS contribution to the Ebola epidemic

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Ebola virus

As the Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives in West Africa, experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for the NHS to make a greater contribution to helping those affected. Professor David Moore, Dr Ron Behrens, and Dr Catherine Houlihan urge the NHS and the government to do more to enable NHS staff to take temporary leave of absence in order to go and provide medical support in the affected countries. This article was originally published in the BMJ as a response to a previous editorial. Read more

Gates Round table

Bill Gates visits our malaria vector control trials site in Tanzania

Bill Gates visits our malaria vector control trials site in Tanzania By Professor Mark RowlandBill Gates made a special visit on 25 July to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s malaria vector research programme in Moshi, northern Tanzania. Read more

New veterinary vaccinology network to help tackle animal diseases which may spread to humans

Richard chickensSchool researchers have joined a new BBSRC-funded multidisciplinary network of veterinary vaccinology experts to help in the fight against animal diseases, some of which have the potential to spread to humans.

The UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network will draw together major UK research institutes to enhance the uptake of new technologies in order to design, develop and deliver safe and effective next-generation vaccines against new and (re)-emerging diseases.
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Study identifies EU policy shift on tobacco control after massive industry lobbying

A new study has tracked how the dominance of language that first appeared in tobacco industry’s submissions gradually crept into the final drafts of the European tobacco directive passed by the European parliament earlier this year. Using a word coding technique, researchers tracked how the European Commission’s drafts…

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