Expert opinion

In the 1970s and 1980s, I remember seeing images of Vietnamese people fleeing violence in their country (the war and later on ethnic tensions) by sea. Around 800,000 people are known to have found refuge in neighbouring countries between 1975 and 1985. At an international conference in 1979 south-east Asian countries agreed to temporarily admit these ‘boat people’ and western countries agreed to assume most of the costs of caring for the boat people and to resettle them in their countries
Nearly seventy years after its creation, women are beginning to occupy more and more leadership roles in the NHS, however this has not always been the case.
NHS at 70 – the modern hospital has evolved considerably, but what service innovations are still needed in response to a continued change in demand? Aneurin Bevan on first day of NHS 5 July 1948 Park Hospital.
NHS at 70 – if original ideals are to be sustained then we need honesty on its running costs Aneurin Bevan - 1945 minister of health.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s (LSHTM) clinical research teams are active in dozens of countries, with field teams moving around by canoe in the Pacific Islands, by seaplane off the coast of Guinea Bissau and in modified off-road vehicles on the rocky terrain around Mount Kilimanjaro.
Between 80-90% of healthcare worldwide is delivered by nurses and midwives. Doctors and surgeons give & prescribe groundbreaking treatment, but without the care and follow through of the nurses those patients will not survive. Nurses are one of the most important factors for global health and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, so it’s imperative they have the skills to work effectively wherever they are in the world.
Currently 700,000 people die of resistant infections every year with experts estimating this number to increase to 10 million by 2050 if we do not slow down the rise of resistance.  Consequently, hundreds of millions of pounds (e.g. the Fleming Fund, the Wellcome Trust, and Nesta’s Longitude Prize) are being invested to solve this superbug crisis.
The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) is a group of public health experts, scientists, academics and clinicians ready to support countries around the world responding to disease outbreaks. The UK-PHRST is partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England, with University of Oxford and King’s College London as academic partners.
TB killed 1.7 million people in 2016 – about three a minute – and it shows few signs of slowing, despite the availability of the BCG vaccine and a generally effective drug regimen. The problem of TB eradication is simple: as long as poverty continues to flourish, so will TB.
The West African Ebola outbreak of 2014-16 was a terrifying, murderous rampage that ticked almost every box on the ‘bad’ column, yet surprisingly enough, it ticked some ‘good’ boxes, too. It taught the world how truly interconnected our health is and that we must do a better job in protecting health globally so that we can better protect health locally.