16 – 22 January 2016

Joy Lawn leads a major Ending Preventable Stillbirths series published this week in The Lancet: the story is covered around the globe by more than 750 online and print publications, and across major broadcast outlets worldwide.

Joy speaks to BBC World News TV: “Even here in the UK where we have more media attention, more social dialogue around this, this is still a hidden issue. But around the world, women will be divorced, they’ll be blamed, they will blame themselves, and people don’t talk to them. They’re told not to mourn. So we highlight not just the numbers but the personal pain and the woman’s empowerment and voice issue around this, for something that is actually preventable.”

Joy also appears on ITV News, Al Jazeera English, BBC World TV, Voice of America TV and The Lancet TV. Interviews with Joy are also broadcast on multiple radio stations including BBC World Service News, BBC World Service (from 13m40s), BBC Radio 4 and Channel Africa (SABC). Co-author Hannah Blencowe speaks to Voice of America Radio. The story is featured on Sky News, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News, National Public Radio (syndicated across multiple radio stations across the US) and more than 50 regional radio stations across the UK.

Coverage also includes BBC News, The GuardianThe Times (plus a second and third article – all paywalled), BBC Mundo, The Hindu, Wall Street Journal’s India RealTime, Daily Mail, South China Morning Post, Phnom Penh Post, Radio New ZealandABC News (Australia), Times of India and Daily Trust (Nigeria).The story goes out on four news wires: AAP, AFP, EFE and IANS.

South China Morning Post, Pakistan Today, The Tribune (Pakistan), The Nation (Pakistan), Daily Times (Pakistan), and The Times (paywalled) run editorials.

Representatives of partner organisations in the series are interviewed by ITV News, BBC World TV, BBC World Service  (from 13m30s) and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (from 03m20s).

Matthew Chico and Rosanna Peeling write for Thomson Reuters about malaria and syphilis as leading infectious causes of stillbirths at a global level: “It is abundantly clear that we have the tools today for preventing stillbirths attributable to malaria and syphilis. Let us not be remembered for our failure to act.”

Richard White is on BBC Newsnight as its lead story discusses School research which found Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), an HIV prevention strategy in which people at high risk of becoming exposed to HIV take antiretroviral drugs to reduce their chance of becoming infected, could help cut the new HIV infection rate among men who have sex with men. The report examines whether PrEP should be offered on the NHS (from 02m51s): “We found offering PrEP alongside regular HIV testing and early treatment to just a quarter of men who have sex with men at high risk of contracting HIV, could prevent around seven and a half thousand new HIV infections in the UK by 2020… One of our main concerns about PrEP is whether men who know they are protected by prophylaxis will compensate for this by increasing their sexual risk-taking, for example increasing the levels of unprotected sex.” This was Newsnight’s lead Friday night story, and also features Will Nutland.

Laura Rodrigues speaks to BBC Newsnight about the current epidemic of Zika virus in Brazil, where it is thought the virus may be linked to a growing number of babies being born with microcephaly – a condition in which infants have an abnormally small head and developmental delays (from 23m20s). Laura also speaks to BBC World Service Radio, Channel 4 News and Sky News.

Laith Yakob also speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live about Zika virus in Brazil: “Zika is a mosquito-borne virus related to dengue… The reason it’s on public health radar at the moment is because of new evidence that when pregnant women contract the virus, it can give rise to congenital defects, specifically microcephaly in infants which causes a small head at birth. There’s no vaccine, but the Health Ministry of Brazil has suggested that they will prioritise a Zika vaccine this year.”

Peter Piot is quoted in Bloomberg as Johnson & Johnson joins more than 80 companies and organisations in signing the Declaration on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), an industry-wide call to action announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “Protecting public health by safeguarding our current antibiotics and developing new antibiotics or vaccines is an important priority now more than ever. The emergence of so-called ‘superbugs,’ or drug-resistant bacteria, forces our attention to the inadequacy of our therapeutic arsenals and the need for new incentive frameworks for antibiotics to stimulate the level of R&D investments so critically needed to strike back at drug-resistant infections.” The story is released by PR Newswire, which leads to more than 120 pieces of coverage in outlets including The State Journal.

Rachel Currier speaks to The Independent about the dangers of snake venom, commenting on a story about a man who self-injects himself with venom on a quest for a human antidote: “Self-immunisation with snake venom is incredibly dangerous. Research into snake bite antidotes primarily requires an understanding of the different toxic components which make up venoms.”

Chris Baker writes a BMJ blog about the ongoing problem of child obesity in India.

Alan Dangour is quoted in The Mirror about his earlier research showing that there is no nutritional advantage of organic food: “Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority,”

Priya Agrawal writes for Next Billion about the Merck for Mothers Initiative and the importance of private maternity care in the developing world.

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