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Street at night

Behind the headlines: does turning street lights off impact road traffic injuries and crime?

Post submitted by Dr Phil Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Statistics and lead investigator of the LANTERNS project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  In the current economic climate many local authorities are facing reduced budgets and difficult decisions about where savings might be made reducing levels of public services. Street light provision is one such service. But to take decisions on reducing provision of night-time street lighting whilst maintaining public safety requires reliable evidence to be available to local authorities on any impacts on road safety it may have, as well as on other concerns such as crime and fear of crime. Read more

GAHI website

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. is a leading resource on the geographical distribution of neglected tropical diseases, and now searching for maps and data is even easier. Read more


£2.2 million awarded for bioinformatics research

£2.2 million has been awarded to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by the Medical Research Council for bioinformatics research. The funding, which was announced last week by the Minister for Science and Universities, the Rt Hon David Willetts, is part of a £9 million package awarded to partners that include Queen Mary University of London, UCL, the Francis Crick Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute. Read more

Children in Ghana

Removing fees for healthcare in rural Ghana may benefit population

Removing patient fees for public sector healthcare in rural Ghana improved health seeking behaviour, lowered out-of-pocket spending, and reduced anaemia but only in a group of children with the poorest health, according to a new study published in the Journal of Development Economics. The study, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, contributes to the long-standing debate on user fees in Africa and is one of the first studies of a health financing intervention to report on objective measures of child health status. Read more

Over £10m in grants awarded for health protection research

tavistock-summer-300 The School has been awarded several grants from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Department of Health. The funding, which totals over £10m, will be held in partnership with Public Health England and used to form three new Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) aimed at strengthening research across a range of public health priority areas. Read more

Map showing the ethnic density of London 2011

Mapping London’s population by ethnic group

Post submitted by Rebecca Steinbach, Chris Grundy and Calum Davy. ‘The changing face of Britain’ has received a lot press in 2013, centred on immigration, employment and benefit related issues. Less attention has been paid to the impact of changing demographics on public health. One group with particular interest in ethnicity and public health is the School’s Transport and Health Group. Read more

Children with disabilities held back from education

Include Us! report coverChildren with disabilities are being denied an education across the developing world, according to a new report from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the child rights organisation, Plan International. Research – led by Dr Hannah Kuper, Director of the School’s International Centre for Evidence in Disability – found that children with disabilities are 10 times less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. Even when children with disabilities do access education, they often fall behind their peers. Read more

Improving HIV prevention: the best sex life for gay and bisexual men

Having sex within a committed relationship or sex which is emotionally or psychologically connected are the most important things gay and bisexual men look for in their sex life, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. While a large body of research has sought to understand HIV transmission risk behaviours among gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, less attention has been paid to their wider sexual health and wellbeing. This new study, published in BMC Public Health, is among the first to provide evidence that will inform HIV prevention work that supports a more holistic sense of sexual wellbeing. Read more

Highlights from media coverage clippings

In the news – media highlights 2013

It's been a bumper year for media coverage at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. These are the top 10 highlights from 2013. Read more