25 – 31 May 2013

Heidi Larson is interviewed on BBC World Service’s Health Check about the Vaccine Confidence project that monitors public confidence in immunisation programmes: The concerns are very diverse even within countries, which makes it very important that we try and understand before we make assumptions… you have to constantly be vigilant and understand the context you’re working in.”

The School tests samples of malaria drugs obtained by the Wall Street Journal in Angola for an article about the problem of fake drugs. Three samples turned out to be fake and lacking active ingredients.

Vikram Patel speaks to BBC News about the treatment of people with mental health issues in India: “In the developed world we have a situation where there is genuine concern of overuse of drugs and overmedicalisation of everyday life. In the developing world it’s the opposite. Half of those with psychosis get no treatment at all and many individuals are chained or locked up.”

James Logan is interviewed by News Medical about his recent mosquito studies, including how malaria parasites make mosquitoes more attracted to human odour: “In our study we will be attaching microelectrodes to the antenna (nose) of the mosquito to work out which receptors are affected by the infection with malaria parasites. This will tell us how the parasite is manipulating mosquito behaviour.”

Unicef reports on the new Countdown to 2015 report produced in collaboration with the School: Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival. Justine Hsu is lead author of a companion paper:Although the volume of aid for reproductive health is quite substantial, such funding is not balanced across activities – if international targets are going to be met for universal access to reproductive health, more balanced aid needs to go to essential reproductive health services such as family planning.”

The Huffington Post blog discusses a debate on breaking down health data by ethnicity which took place at the Women Deliver conference. Joy Lawn commented on the huge cost of undertaking just one Demographic Health Survey.

Joy Lawn speaks to the Malaysian Sun Daily at the Women Deliver conference about improving outcomes for babies after birth: Malaysia should look at what happens after birth in terms of the child’s general health. For instance, hearing and motor functions, as it has met all relevant MDGs. Also, think of other outcomes for the mother as well. Maternal care is very important in ensuring the child has a healthy life.”

Martin McKee comments in Metro International about the effects of austerity on healthcare.

The Nyasa Times covers the new UNAIDS and Lancet commission to explore the post-2015 agenda of AIDS and global health. Peter Piot is co-chair: “As a new agenda for development is being shaped, it is time for serious thought on how the extraordinary lessons from the AIDS response can be brought to bear to transform global health.” Also covered by other international publications

The Herald Scotland references the School’s study into the misrepresentation of evidence by the alcohol industry in an article on minimum unit pricing.

Karl Blanchet writes a piece on Le Monde Diplomatique arguing that a global health strategy is necessary to end chronic diseases such as AIDS.

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