5-11 March 2016

Laura Rodrigues appears on BBC Panorama from the Zika frontline in Recife, Brazil, to discuss her studies into microcephaly: “Women who are pregnant and get Zika don’t know if the risk to their babies is 5% or 95%. I think the world has to prepare to live with Zika for a few years while we develop all of the tools we need to prevent it.”

Oona Campbell is quoted in the Telegraph about her new study examining how long women around the world stay in health facilities after giving birth. Among the high-income countries studied, the UK has the shortest average length of stay: “Our new findings suggest that a substantial proportion of women around the world are leaving childbirth facilities too soon after giving birth. This is especially alarming in low-income countries where access to care after being discharged is often limited. It is crucial we make sure not only that childbirth facilities have skilled care attendants and effective monitoring and treatment, but also that women stay in hospital long enough so that they and their newborn babies can benefit from these.”

The study generates widespread UK coverage including the front page of the Daily Mail, plus Metro, Mirror and a follow up comment piece in the Daily Telegraph. Press Association covers the study which leads to numerous stories in regional papers around the country. Reuters news agency also features the research.

Oona speaks to LBC Radio, and the study is also covered by BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Guernsey, BBC Merseyside, BBC Solent and other local stations.

Peter Piot appears on CNN’s News Stream, discussing Ebola, Zika and the risk of future disease outbreaks in Asia: “Every day the evidence becomes stronger that Zika virus during pregnancy causes not only microcephaly but other complications for babies.”

The New York Times reports on a talk given by Peter Piot in Hong Kong, in which he warned of the risk of Zika to Taiwan and Hainan. Brazil Business Today, International Business Times and the Hong Kong China News Agency are among the other outlets who feature the talk.

Peter Piot is mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article on ‘what comes after Zika’.

Andrew Bastawrous tells BBC World Service how the portable eye examination kit, Peek, is being used in Kenyan schools. (50m 30s):  “The app identifies children who can’t see well then automatically notifies the local hospital or optometrist. Around 5% of children have a vision problem, so sending someone who is eye-trained to examine all of them is not an efficient use of time.” Syndicated on US radio stations including WESA-FM (Pittsburgh) and Capital Public Radio (Sacramento).

Laith Yakob speaks to SciDev.net about his recent study into the global distribution of dengue, chikungunya and the mosquito vectors: “There is an intrinsic bias towards looking for dengue which is also going to skew the [reported] distribution of chikungunya.” The study also receives coverage in Yahoo News and Medical Daily.

The World Health Organization cautions pregnant women against travelling to areas where there is ongoing transmission of Zika virus. David Heymann, who is heading the WHO emergency committee on Zika, says the recommendation is a response to the accumulating evidence linking the pathogen to birth defects and neurological disorders in adults. Story covered by the Washington Post, Daily Mail and the Straights Times

The International Business Times covers research led by Lucy Platt which found more than 2.3 million people across the globe are infected with both HIV and hepatitis C.

In a Politifact article asking if U.S. global AIDS dollars build stability and less violence, Bayard Roberts says studies during the worst years of AIDS failed to find a connection.


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