28 November-5th December 2019

Peter Piot discusses what it will take to tackle the challenges in the next stage of ending the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2030 in The Conversation’s Pasha podcast. Peter said: “One of the lessons is to listen more carefully to people – what their context is, their circumstances and what they think is needed… We need to adapt services to people rather than expecting people to adapt to services.”

Andy Haines writes in the Telegraph (£) about how climate change must be considered a health emergency. Andy said: “There must also be a sea-change in our rhetoric, attitudes and actions, from world leaders, health professionals and the public.”

Rachel Lowe speaks to the Guardian about developing dengue forecasting systems as climate change contributes to increased outbreaks. Rachel said: “We are trying to improve preparedness so we can estimate six months in advance where you can go and target limited vector control and make sure health facilities know there is an epidemic under way.”

Heidi Larson takes part in a Q&A with Nature, calling for dialogue to reassure people about the safety and efficiency of vaccines. Heidi said: “Having accurate, clear and honest information is fundamental, but it’s not enough to change people’s minds. This is also about emotions, opinions and feelings. The worst thing to do is tell people they’re ignorant or stupid. Often we’re talking about people’s children, and we should remember that all parents want the best for their child.”

Edward Parker talks to the Guardian about progress on developing more stable polio vaccines. Edward said: “If they prove safe and effective in regions still affected by polio, these vaccines could be a key breakthrough in finally consigning this disease to the history books.”

Stephen Evans talks to the Daily Mail about the need for greater study into the link between aspirin use and cancer prevention. Stephen said: “It is almost misleading to emphasise the word “trial” for these results, since aspirin use was not part of the trial of screening… This is essentially an observational study.”

Martin McKee speaks to BBC News about insurance firms increasingly equating vaping with smoking. Martin said: “I think it’s taken some time, but I’m not really surprised, because the evidence is growing that e-cigarettes are much more hazardous than some people had thought.”

Jimmy Whitworth talks to the Sun about the low risk of Monkeypox in the UK. Jimmy said: “The infection is not easily transmitted between people… the key public health measures are to isolate the patient and to identity and follow up on any close contacts.”

Jimmy was also interviewed by Channel 5 News. 

Jorge Cano speaks to Hoy Digital about ways in which climate change is increasing outbreaks. Jorge said: “If measures are not taken, climate change will cause an increase in these diseases in their area of origin, but also with dengue we must think about epidemic outbreaks in Europe and the United States.”

Julian Eaton writes in African Arguments about the lessons learnt which could improve the lives of people with mental health problems in Africa. Julian said: “It is essential to take a holistic approach to health, whereby mental health is assessed alongside physical health.”

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