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Vikram Patel awarded Institute of Medicine’s 2014 Sarnat Prize for Global Mental Health

Vikram Patel_2Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Public Health Foundation of India, has been awarded the 2014 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health by the Institute of Medicine. Read more

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School staff take 337 million steps to success in 2014 Global Corporate Challenge

Staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have once again stepped up to the Global Corporate Challenge, collectively clocking up 337,620,126 steps in 100 days this summer – more than enough to walk, swim and cycle several times around the world. 245 School staff in 35 teams took part in this year’s challenge, breaking last year’s record to come second in the UK and the third most active education institution in the world!  Read more

Trial shows stronger sanitation interventions are needed to realise potential health gains

By Oliver Cumming, Friday 10 October, 2014: Today the journal Lancet Global Health published the results of a cluster-randomised controlled trial for the effect of sanitation on a range of health outcomes in a rural setting in Odisha state in eastern India [1]. Read more

Mobile phones for family planning

Dr Chris Smith, MRC Research Fellow in Population Health at the School, was shortlisted for the 2014 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award, just missing out on the top prize. Here is his essay... Read more

£15 million awarded by BBSRC for 30 PhD studentships annually

15 Sammy Ayalew Assefa 1 Thirty PhD studentships will be available annually for the next five years in the areas of health, agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, funded by a £15 million grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Read more

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

Image: Ebolavirus. Credit: Frederick A Murphy

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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