Bill Gates visits our malaria vector control trials site in Tanzania
By Professor Mark Rowland: Bill 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
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…
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…
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…
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…
The School recently celebrated national Universities Week, running events to spark conversations about the relevance of our research and its everyday impact on people’s lives.
Have you ever wished that books could explain their stories to you, rather than sitting silently in your hands? On 10 June, 45 visitors flocked to Keppel Street to borrow ten walking, talking, living books (our researchers!) at the Living Library. Read more
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
Are you one of those people who saunter off on holiday with only sunscreen to protect you, claiming that “mosquitoes never bite me”? Or perhaps you stock up on Marmite and garlic tablets to keep the biters at bay.
Think again! Scientists from arctec, the School’s repellent testing facility, have launched Bug Off, a campaign to highlight the importance of using repellents when travelling to tropical countries where insects spread disease. Read more
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.
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