4 – 11 January 2013

Heidi Larson speaks to the Lancet about the problems behind the measles outbreak in Pakistan: “What we’ve seen with the surge in measles in Pakistan in the last year is really a reflection of a system breakdown. There was a devolution of the Ministry of Health to the provincial level which was a transitional point and any transition has its issues. On top of that we have had serious issues with supply and basically the whole infrastructure for the routine immunisation is not very strong right now. It is different to [the issues with] Polio.” (Interview at 7mins)

Alma Adler video interview for News Medical explaining how the UK Flusurvey works and why people should sign up: “Before us, most methods of looking at flu were based on GP or hospitalisation data… By doing it online we are hoping to get enough participants so that we can look at flu overall within the UK.”

Heidi Larson joins a panel discussion on Voice of Russia about the halt of polio vaccination in Pakistan: “I think if it is a temporary stoppage, the polio programme can go on but I think that when it is sustained, stopping it can be a problem. We had, a decade ago, the issue in Northern Nigeria when a number of states boycotted the polio vaccination for 11 months and that led to a re-spread of polio to 20 previously polio free countries There can be serious consequences depending on how long the programme is stopped.”

Cheryl Whitehorn speaks to CBC Radio about parasites: “I challenge anybody to have a look at the life-cycles and complexities, the intricacies, the relationships between the vectors that transmit them, and not be absolutely fascinated by their ability to evade your immune system and even sometimes hijack your immune system for their own devices.” (From 7m 45s)

Claire Bertschinger in a Nursing Standard feature on the Diploma in Tropical Nursing: “If I’m nursing I can help a hundred or so people, but the 130 nurses I train a year can help tens of thousands of people. We help people to help themselves – education is the key for the future of Africa.”

Dorothea Nitsch BMJ editorial on links between kidney problems and a triple mix of blood pressure drugs and painkillers quoted in Nursing in Practice: “The jury is still out on whether double drug combinations are indeed safe.” Also covered by several medical and science publications online.

Nina Cromeyer Dieke speaks to Guardian Development about how to make development communications more effective: “Development communicators can learn a lot from private media practice to enhance their strategies. Communication teams working in the development field have knowledge gaps.”

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