11 – 17 April 2019

Stefan Flasche is quoted in The Telegraph on news that the UK is to become the first country in the world to cut the dosage for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, from three to two. The recommendation was made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, after research published in the Lancet showed that it was just as effective and safe when given in two doses. Stefan said: “If the switch is as successful as expected, the reduced-dose schedule would in principle add a ‘low-cost’ option that is particularly attractive for countries not having yet introduced PCV because of associated costs, or countries transitioning out of Gavi’s PCV support.”

Heidi Larson speaks to The Telegraph after WHO publish the latest figures on cases of measles, showing a massive resurgence in the disease. WHO clearly state that stagnating vaccination rates are one of the key reasons behind the diseases resurgence. Heidi said: “It’s different people in different countries with different issues. A lot of it is because people are anti-government. People have less choice and that’s part of the resentment to vaccines. It’s less about the vaccine and more about their relationship with government.”

Heidi also features in an article in New Statesman about the anti-vaccine movement for an article exploring how it has emerged as one of the 10 greatest threats to global health in 2019. Heidi said: “Among young adults, there’s a sense of wanting to have self-determination, even a sense of guilt when they haven’t challenged a doctor or an authority figure.”

PR Week cover the announcement that LSHTM have collaborated with WPP to work together on sharing knowledge and expertise in tackling global health challenges. Of the partnership, LSHTM’s Katie Steels said: “In academia the goal is often to publish your research in a prestigious journal, and then you move on to the next piece of research and repeat. But if we want our research to have real-world impact we need to translate those findings for different audiences and work to ensure that they become policy and practice.”

Val Curtis speaks to dailyhunt about the Swachh Bharat campaign in India, which has provided more than 94% of rural households in India with toilets. Val said: “It is the biggest, most successful behaviour-change campaign in the world. Every time I go there, I feel like I cannot sit down for weeks after because I am excited about what they are doing. It is incredible.”

On social media

This week’s social media highlight is from the LSHTM twitter account. Ahead of the launch of the final Game of Thrones series, mathematical modellers from the School used their skills to predict the best battle strategy to save the Seven Kingdoms. The tweet below linked to the full article.


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