Author Archives: Andre Burbidge

International Migrants Day. 18 December 2022

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day (resolution A/RES/55/93). The day is intended to mark the 1990 adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers … Continue reading

World rabies day, 28 September 2022.

28 September 2022 marks World Rabies Day. This year’s theme is “One health ; zero death” : see: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/09/28/default-calendar/world-rabies-day-2022 The World Health Organization has a target for the elimination of deaths due to dog-mediated infection in humans by the year … Continue reading

National Immunization Awareness Month

(see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html) The National Immunization Awareness Month is held annually in August, focusing on the importance of immunization at all ages (see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html) I was born in April 1964, in Birmingham, West Midlands. My parents and grandparents had lived through … Continue reading

World Environment Day 2022 (United Nations Environment Programme)

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Only One Earth”. The host nation is Sweden. “In the Universe there are billions of galaxies. In our galaxy are billions of planets. But there is only one Planet Earth” The … Continue reading

World Malaria Day 2022: Monday 25 April

The theme of World Malaria Day 2022 is: “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria burden and save lives.” The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that no single tool available today will solve the problem and is calling for significant investment … Continue reading

World Tuberculosis Day. 24 March 2022

World Tuberculosis Day is held on the 24 March each year to raise awareness of the public health impact of this disease. On this date in 1882, Robert Koch announced he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened … Continue reading

Book of the month. (1): Imperial medicine : Patrick Manson and the Conquest of Tropical Disease

Book of the month. No.1: November 2021 Imperial medicine : Patrick Manson and the conquest of tropical disease / Douglas M. Haynes – Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. Shelf mark: DY (MAN). Follow link for e-book version (LSHTM … Continue reading

30 years ago ..

I finished washing up my side plate, spoon and cereal bowl and replaced them carefully in “my” cupboard in the shared kitchen. I went down the corridor to my bedsit room, the front downstairs room, shielded from the street by … Continue reading

E-books and how to use them

This year we have received a lot of enquiries from students and staff, including some of my library colleagues, about how to use e-books : how to read them, how to download, whether you need to use special software to … Continue reading

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Musings on maps

I’ve always been fascinated by maps of all kinds. Long before I first visited London, I opened a pocket diary belonging to my parents and found a map of the London Underground on the back pages, the classic Pick design … Continue reading