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Category: Research of the Month

Hunger is a growing problem worldwide. Conflict, climate change and COVID-19 continue to threaten food security. In 2019, an estimated 2 billion people “did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food,” according to the UN. The more people there are to feed, the worse the problem becomes. By the time you finish reading this sentence the global population will have increased by about 15 people. We are already edging toward 8 billion and by 2050 the earth will be home to 10 billion … Read More
Prevention is central in our fight against infectious diseases, and vaccination helps ensure people can continue to lead healthy lives. According to a study in The Lancet, vaccines for ten pathogens, including hepatitis B virus, HPV and measles, will have prevented an estimated 69 million deaths between 2000 and 2030. Using models to estimate disease burden, the researchers also showed that for people born in 2019, vaccines will result in a 72% reduction in lifetime mortality. By preventing infection, illness and death, vaccination supports Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: to ensure health and well-being for all, at every … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published recently that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. Every year, between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean. Most of the research and interventions focus on the plastic that floats at or near the surface. But what about the denser items that sink to the bottom? Surprisingly, LEGO is one of the items often found piling up on the seabed. It can get caught up in fishing nets or washed up on the shore … Read More