Peter Piot speaks to the Independent as part of a special series on Aids in Africa: “I am very concerned there is complacency. As one commentator said [in response to talk of the end of Aids], what have they been smoking? People are not looking at the complexity of the epidemic. Uganda was the first country that achieved results – it may be the first where we see a rebound, and others follow.”
As part of the series, Liz Corbett in the Independent on the HIV self-testing study she is leading in Malawi: “The commonest complaint is from those in the control arm who want the test. There would be no problem getting people to test annually based on what we found. To maximise prevention we need people to test annually in areas of high HIV prevalence.”
Helen Ayles also speaks to the Independent for the series, discussing the PopART study which has just got underway in Zambia and South Africa to see if a universal test-and-treat approach can reduce new HIV infections: “I am mildly sceptical, which I think is appropriate for a researcher in my position. The crucial factor is the level of coverage – can we persuade enough people to buy into this? When we go out into the community in the first sweep we will see what happens. We will have some big answers to whether we can do it or not.”
The Lancet report the latest Global Health Lab debate at the School, which discussed whether global health is neocolonialist.
Vikram Patel speaks to News Medical about a Cochrane Review led by the School showing that non-specialist health workers are beneficial in providing treatment for people with mental, neurological and substance-abuse (MNS) problems in developing countries: “This review’s primary message is that non-specialist health workers have an important role to play in delivering interventions for a range of mental disorders and can thereby play a key role in addressing the human resource shortages in mental health care in low- and middle-income countries.” Also covered by other specialist publications.
In an article about the ‘Merck for Mothers’ programme, Reuters reports that Merck is collaborating with the School to assess whether its maternity programmes in Uganda, Zambia and other countries are making a difference. Also covered by 30 other publications including Fox News and Voice of America.
Boots WebMD covers a study led by the School and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists showing that almost two thirds of women in England who attempt a natural delivery after having a caesarean section for their first birth are successful. Also covered by other specialist publications including News Medical, Englemed Health News and Medical Xpress.
Bangkok Post and The Nation report that Peter Piot has been selected to receive the Prince Mahidol Award 2013 in the field of Public Health, together with Dr Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank.
Sec Ed reports that the School is working with the British Science Association to recruit schools to its nationwide Flusurvey project for the first time.