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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

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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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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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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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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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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

Family planning providers in Kenya. Credit Institute for Reproductive Health, Courtesy of Photoshare

Grant awarded for project to capture patient feedback on reproductive health services

An innovative research project to improve reproductive health services in Kenya has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant, which was awarded to the School, will be used to develop a novel system to capture patient experiences and improve reproductive and sexual health services in Kenya, with a focus on young women who use those services. Read more