23 – 29 May 2019

Shelley Lees and Mark Marchant co-author a letter published in The Guardian, about the importance of community involvement in tackling Ebola. The authors say a trusting relationship between responders and community members makes a vital difference to whether the response is effective.  

Rosalind Miller speaks to Forbes about the role of pharmacies in low and middle-income countries. The article explores whether pharmacies could improve global health delivery by bringing tests closer to people. Rosalind said: “Pharmacists are an under-utilised resource in global health delivery. There is scope to expand their role from retailers and dispensers to one that includes promotion, prevention and disease management.”

Martin McKee speaks to BMJ about migrant charging in the NHS and how doctors can support patients when hospital care is denied. Martin said: “In the vast majority of trusts, apart from a few London ones, it costs more money to collect money owed through the overseas visitors teams than they actually get in.”

Heidi Larson features in a podcast for the Centre for Strategic & International Studies, discussing why vaccine confidence is in crisis and how this has contributed to outbreaks such as measles and the persistence of polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Heidi said: “Global measles outbreaks are a wake-up call to how vulnerable public cooperation is right now.”

Gorik Ooms and Johanna Hanefield write an opinion piece for BMJ about how low and middle-income countries could increase access to medicines by forming an alliance to credibly threaten companies with compulsory licences.

Johanna Hanefield co-authors another opinion piece for the BMJ about the upside of trade in health services. The piece discusses how cross border movement of patients and health workers can benefit both source and recipient countries, as long as risks are properly managed.

On social media

This week’s social media highlight comes from the LSHTM Twitter account, celebrating the announcement that Algeria and Argentina have been recognised as malaria free by the World Health Organisation. Colin Sutherland, co-director of the Malaria Centre, reacted to the news in an expert comment piece on the LSHTM website.

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