21 – 27 September 2013

Helena Legido-Quigley is interviewed on El Intermedio on the La Sexta TV channel in Spain about a campaign launched by Médicos del Mundo calling for a stop to cuts to the Spanish healthcare system and copayment charges on medicines: “Similar cuts imposed two years ago in Greece have led to a rise in HIV infections and even outbreaks of malaria. What’s happening in Greece could happen in Spain, because it’s going the same way in terms of the reforms.” Also covered by 65 publications in Spain and internationally, including Le Parisien and Yahoo News.

Val Curtis talks to the Independent about her new book looking at the science behind disgust: “If I want to be a social animal I need to be able to get close to you but by doing that, there’s the risk I might pick up a disease because you are a walking bag of microbes. And if I got too close I could even pick up a sexually transmitted disease. Of course we do interact and we do have sex and it’s our manners that are crucial in regulating and controlling our disgust and how we interact in society.” Val is also interviewed on BBC World Service’s Newshour (from 49mins) and BBC Radio Wales. The book is covered by a number of publications including Reuters, The Times, Daily Mail, New York Times, Kuwait Times, Huffington Post and NBC.

Joy Lawn speaks to Newshour on the BBC World Service about 10 inexpensive healthcare innovations that could save the lives of 1.2 million mothers and children.

Martin McKee is interviewed on BBC World’s Business Report about the problem of counterfeit drugs.

Alan Dangour talks to Reuters about a new study from researchers at the University of Iowa looking at the link between Omega-3s and mental performance in women: There is no good evidence to support the consumption of omega-3 supplements to promote or maintain cognitive health in later life. However, omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of the diet and may have other health benefits.” Also covered in 26 other publications including the Globe and Mail and   New York Daily News.

Martin McKee makes the front page of the Estonian newspaper, Postimees, with a comment piece about e-cigarettes, and is also interviewed by Slovenian newspaper Dnevnik.

Seyi Soremekun’s comments from a web chat on community based healthcare are summarised on Guardian Global development Professionals network: “Community health staff training, retraining, programme monitoring, modifying and problem solving usually must occur in several complete cycles over a period of months to a year or two before the programme can be seen to be fully understood, integrated and accepted within communities, and for permanent behaviour change to take place.”

The Economist references a study co-authored by Martin McKee in an article about the practice of aborting female foetuses in the Caucasus.

Martin McKee co-authors a letter to The Times arguing that privatised ‘drunk tanks’ are not a plausible business plan, and instead the government should focus on minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

Londonist includes the School in a round-up of where to go for Open House 2013.

The South African previews the screening at the School of ‘Fire in the Blood’ the film which tells the true story of the remarkable coalition that fought Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressive blocking of access to low-cost Aids drugs.

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