21- 27 June 2014

Ailie Robinson is interviewed on London Live to advise people how to avoid insect bites while on holiday: “Some of the diseases you can catch from insect bites, there aren’t really very good drugs to treat them, so it is much easier to use a really good repellent, for example DEET, to prevent you getting the bite in the first place…It’s also really important to go speak to a travel medicine expert before you go to get some advice.”

Vicki Austin is also interviewed on London Live: “You can pick up pretty nasty infections abroad, so as people are going on holiday a lot more, it’s really important that we’re using repellents really effectively and that you’re trying to prevent those bites in the first place…We actually recommend an integrated approach, so we’d recommend that  you wear long sleeves and long trousers where possible, as well as repellents on all exposed skin.”

Anne Mills is featured in Times Higher Education talking about the growing field of health economics: “Health economics has been growing rapidly since the 1970s after it was recognised that health is a very significant sector in the economy, and so something natural for economists to study. We have the largest group of health economists in the world – around 30-40 academic staff – working on issues of health in lower- and middle-income countries. They look at how best to finance health services; the relative performance of public and private providers; how you expand access to health services; and different financing sources such as user fees, insurance and general taxation.”

Martin McKee is quoted by The Guardian in an article on the environment and public health being inseparable issues: “Those people who want to promote a healthier, safer, higher-quality environment as well as the health of the population have much in common. We should be working together in some coalition of the willing to try and make the world a better place.”

David Heymann talks to Bloomberg about the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa: “If there isn’t a strong public-health information and education component to the control activities, then people don’t understand and end up infecting themselves and doing things they shouldn’t be doing.” Leads to coverage in the Washington Post.

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