Chris Drakeley gives the Associated Press his reaction to the latest World Malaria Report compiled by the World Health Organization: “even the incremental drop in malaria cases was significant” and that “new approaches to fighting malaria — like giving out medicines to children during high season to prevent infections— were proving effective.” The article generates coverage in the Daily Mail, Indian Express, Business Standard (India) and The Standard (Hong Kong).
Jo Lines is interviewed by Voice of America about the World Malaria Report: “What’s clear now is that we need to do a much more differentiated set of interventions. We need to tailor what we do to each place.” The article is also published by AllAfrica, The Hindu and the New Delhi Times.
Julian Eaton is interviewed live on Al Jazeera International’s Newshour on the urgency for mental health resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “Unfortunately, the reality is there’s considerable evidence of the effective interventions widely available in high income countries, very few people in low income countries can access them.”
Karl Blanchet provides comment to CNN on the training offered to Syrian surgeons to cope with performing surgery in war and conflict zones: “Not many doctors have stayed in Syria. But you have medical students who have not finished their training…and they have to do surgery…and acts that are not part of their skills of specialty.”
Kaye Wellings appears on Radio 4’s Whodunnit? To discuss the falling rates of teenage pregnancy. Listen to Kaye in the first episode: “The magnitude of the change is colossal, a 51% drop in under-18 conceptions between 1998 and 2014 is unprecedented.”
James Logan speaks to the Daily Mail about how various flies and their bites can affect our health. On deer flies, he notes that: “they’re not usually dangerous, except that they carry animal faeces and bacteria in their mouths which can enter the bloodstream.”
Val Curtis and Robert Aunger chat to Devex (£) on how people’s motivations, habits and environment contribute to their behaviour.
Vikram Patel speaks to National Public Radio (US) Goats & Soda blog about evidence of the success of informal counselling providers in primary care across India, particularly in rural areas: “The vast majority of people with drinking problems or depression have neither received a diagnosis in their life nor have they been exposed to psychotherapy before.” His comments also appear in The Times of India and The Indian Express.
Peter Piot is interviewed by Belgian magazine Knack (£) on pandemic preparedness, as part of the magazine’s series of Christmas interviews.