More epidemics resources

Our blogs on swine flu Ian Scoones on Responding to Pandemic Threats (April 2010) The lessons of swine flu: Ian Scoones, The Guardian, 10 May 2009. A longer version is available on our blog Blog: Ecology and infectious disease dynamics – from the forests of Sierra Leone by Melissa Leach, 6 April 2009 STEPS work…

CGIAR SCIENCE FORUM, BEIJING

By ERIK MILLSTONE, STEPS Centre Member The 2nd Science Forum of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) took place in Beijing this week, and the discussions represented a challenging occasion for a member of the STEPS Centre, or at any rate for this member of STEPS. (Photo: still from STEPS film on maize…

NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: AN INDICATOR OF GREATER SHIFTS

By Hayley MacGregor, STEPS Centre member The UN High-level Summit on Non-communicable Diseases now underway comes at an important moment for the development community. With just over 50 per cent of the world now living in cities, and with the percentage of the global population over 60 years of age expected to double by 2050,…

MONTREUX: NEW DIRECTIONS IN ENVIRONMENT-HEALTH RESEARCH

Some of us are at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux and running events discussing our recent work (see the STEPS Centre events page for full details). Tomorrow (Wednesday), Michael Loevinsohn will be chairing a session at Montreux entitled “New directions in environment-health research: implications for health systems”. (Michael’s session’s at…

SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS OF DISEASE

We’ve added three new research projects we’re involved in to the website, under the heading “Socio-ecological dynamics of disease”. The projects are all looking at the social, ecological, biological and institutional dynamics of disease. The work focuses particularly on diseases originating in animals, using cases in Africa and Asia. Photo: Fruitbat / Brian Gratwicke /…

ANTIBIOCALYPSE: HOW DO WE RESPOND TO SUPERBUGS?

by Gerry Bloom, STEPS Centre Health domain convenor On August 11 the Lancet published an article that demonstrated the emergence of a new antibiotic resistance mechanism (known as NDM-1) in India, Pakistan and the UK. The article points out that many of the UK people carrying resistant bacteria had visited the Indian sub-continent during the…

NEW BOOK: EPIDEMICS

Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice, the new book in our Pathways to Sustainability series, highlights the problems of emergency knee-jerk responses to serious outbreaks of disease. Of the many cases in the book, one is the story of the response to swine flu in Egypt. To address the disease, the government launched a nationwide…

NEW BOOK: AVIAN INFLUENZA: SCIENCE, POLICY AND POLITICS

Our new book, Avian Influenza: Science, Policy and Politics, edited by Ian Scoones, is out today. Earthscan books is offering a 20% discount (see link below). Buy from Earthscan (20% discount)Buy from Amazon This new book lays out the lessons from the international avian influenza response, and suggests a way forward based on ‘One World,…

KILLER DUST: NEW ASBESTOS REPORT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member STEPS member Linda Waldman has co-aurthored a new academic report commissioned by construction union UCATT. Linda and Heather Williams have uncovered huge deficiencies in the rules covering the management of asbestos in people’s homes. Potentially exposing both residents and maintenance workers to asbestos exposure. Householders undertaking standard DIY functions…

INDIAN ELECTION: A STEPS TOWARDS CHANGES IN HEALTH PROVISION?

By BARUN KANJILAL, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur and member of the Future Health Systems consortia The 2009 parliamentary election in India meant a roller-coaster journey for the country in April and May of this year. The results are now out and the Congress Party, with a few other regional parties, has resurged with…