22 – 28 June 2013

Anjali Shah speaks to the Daily Mail about research led by the School showing that acute myeloid leukaemia survival in young patients has increased six-fold since the 1970s. Our study suggests that the main reason for these improvements is the development of new treatments, combined with good levels of recruitment to UK clinical trials.” Also covered in numerous other publications including the Scotsman and ITV.

 Charlotte Watts is interviewed on the Guardian Science Weekly podcast (from 45 mins) about the recent report on violence against women based on research from the School, and projects looking at prevention: “The health sector has a important role to play but we fundamentally need to be thinking about prevention, and there’s a range of approaches we’re trying to use in different countries to shift the acceptability of violence, to challenge established norms… For example in rural South Africa we did an intervention to empower women economically and socially, and showed that we halved the levels of violence over two years.” The violence against women report has now received nearly 1,500 pieces of coverage around the world.

Sarah Walters speaks to More or Less on BBC World Service and BBC online about the projections for population growth in Africa: “The reason Africa is projected to grow so much more significantly than anywhere else is because of the very high levels of current fertility and the projected trend fertility… Of 31 countries where fertility is over five births per woman, 29 of those are found in Africa… So even though fertility will decline over time, the legacy of the very high fertility that we have today will continue to be felt in the future.”

Anthony Solomon speaks to Africa Science News about the Global Trachoma Mapping Project –  data from two regions of Ethiopia collected as part of the project has just been approved by health officials: This is a major milestone…176,000 people in Oromia, central Ethiopia, have been examined for signs of trachoma over the past five months… We suspected that Ethiopia may be the country most profoundly affected by this cruel disease, so I am delighted to have the first set of data from the region, which means the Ministry of Health can identify exactly where trachoma is putting people at risk.” Also covered by other international sites.

Louise Pealing visits El Salvador for Al Jazeera to join an evacuation drill and see how the country’s youth is helping their communities prepare for natural disasters: “The recent United Nations report on natural disasters ranked El Salvodor as the most vulnerable country in the world. Here 95% of the population are at risk from natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes.”

The Lancet covers the ruling by the US Supreme Court that health groups will no longer be forced to denounce prostitution as a condition of receiving federal funding to fight HIV/AIDS around the world. Peter Piot is quoted, describing the decision as: “a victory of public health and scientific evidence over ideology and bigotry”.

Brian Greenwood is quoted in a piece in the Lancet about the centenary of the MRC.

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