13 – 19 December 2014

Ebola media coverage:

Honorary lecturer at the School, Geraldine O’Hara, speaks to The Guardian about her experience working with Médecins Sans Frontières on the Ebola response in Sierra Leone: “One of the first people I looked after was a young guy in his 20s. He was built like a professional footballer. He wasn’t malnourished. He wasn’t someone who was sick beforehand. He was really fit and well. You’d think he must have the physiological reserves to withstand it. And he died. I was taken aback and felt that this is just awful.”

Peter Piot narrates a BBC Radio Four dramatisation about the discovery of the Ebola virus in 1976: “Soon after we got back to Kinshasa I got a headache and started to feel feverish. Did I report it? Did I condemn myself to the isolation ward presided over by the fearsome Dr Isakson? I lay there looking up at the ceiling fan, and began to understand a little of what the sisters at Yambuku must have felt. The touch of that virus – cold, implacable, utterly certain – with no hope of reprieve.”

Peter Piot speaks to the Financial Times in a video interview about the Ebola crisis in West Africa: “Let’s not forget, this epidemic will only be over when the last person with Ebola has either died or has recovered without having infected anybody else. This epidemic comes from one case in guinea, it’s mind-blowing when you think of it. The challenge will be to control the epidemic in the last district, in the last county, in the last village.”

David Heymann talks to Bloomberg about the new Ebola treatment centres being built in Liberia: “If they stop building these centres and there’s a major increase in cases and they don’t have capacity, they wouldn’t be prepared.”

Peter Piot is also quoted in Business Day, discussing the future for West Africa after the Ebola crisis subsides: “West Africa will see much more suffering and many more deaths during childbirth and from malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, enteric and respiratory illnesses, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and mental health during and after the Ebola epidemic.”

Other media coverage:

Kara Hanson writes for the Huffington Post about ways to build more resilient health systems in some of the poorest nations:So how can poorer countries fund health for all? Pooled sources of financing, such as taxes and social health insurance contributions, that allow people to contribute according to their ability to pay, and to benefit according to their health need, are the most effective means of generating money to improve health.”

Lenka Benova talks to BBC News about new publications co-led by the School which report that a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in birth settings is killing mothers and newborns in the developing world:What is frustrating is we know infection-related deaths are preventable, with the addition of clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practice. Our hope is these findings will guide future work on UN development goals and make the provision of these services a priority, when trying to improve the health of new mothers and their babies.” The research is covered by over 100 publications including The Guardian, Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, America Herald, Bloomberg, Hong Kong Herald, Voice of America, Outlook India, Haitian Truth, Panorama AM, Causa Abeirta, Tech Times, GMA News, Free Press Journal, Knoxville Times and Business Standard.

Laith Yakob is quoted by CNN, after cases of Chikungunya in the Americas reach the one million mark: “The areas which have year-round favourable climate for the mosquito are at the greatest risk… Mathematical models are under construction by numerous research groups around the world to improve confidence over projections of future spread.” Also in KMBC, Fox8, WGNTV, WTVR, WXII.

Richard Smith comments on a new report looking at the future of antimicrobial resistance: “It takes into account effects on labour productivity and labour workforce issues, but we don’t know what the public reaction will be: from previous pandemics and outbreaks we know behavioural effects can be much worse on an economy than the impact of the disease.” Featured in Chemistry World, Scientific American.

Times Higher Education reports on the results of the Research Excellence Framework, which sees the School ranked in the top 10 overall, and second for impact, of all the universities in the UK.

Ian Douglas’ research into ADHD medication and accidental injury is featured in Healthday: “These [previous] studies also suggest that impulsivity and poor concentration in some patients with ADHD may contribute to the high incidence of injury.” Also features in Medical Xpress, Physician News, Drugs.com, Doctors Lounge.

Joy Lawn talks to The Independent, Uganda, about the steps the Rwandan government are taking to stop deaths from preterm birth complications: “Whilst Rwanda is now reducing child death at a much faster rate than any other African country, the progress for reducing deaths due to preterm is less than half that for other causes of child death especially infections.” Also reported in All Africa.

The School is mentioned in article in The Economist about how statistics changed the course of World War II.

Research done in collaboration with the School looking at Tanzanian social issues that affect disabled people’s mortality is featured in Business Times.


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