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What is influenza?

Influenza (the ‘flu) is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses. In more than 998 people out of 1000 influenza is a self-limiting illness that does not need any specific treatment other than rest, pain killers such as paracetamol and control of fever. However, in a minority of sufferers it is more serious and may lead to sepsis.

This article is written by Alexandra Jones and Belinda Reeve and was first published on the InSight Plus and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

Yuewen Sun is a research assistant under the Nutrition and Lifestyle Program. Let us hear her thoughts about preventing non-communicable diseases through the primary school salt reduction program.

ASHA community health worker

The article 'Hope of the health system, daughter- in-law of community: Reflections on India’s community health worker programme' is written by Dr Devaki Nambiar, Program Head – Health Systems and Equity, The George Institute for Global Health India and Ms Shreya Khaund

Emalie Sparks is a research dietitian at The George Institute for Global Health. Her research focuses on preventing chronic diseases at the population level through nutrition interventions, such as salt reduction and food policy strategies.

For the first time, the World Health Organisation’s World Health Statistics have this year been disaggregated by sex. This is an important step forward in the drive to identify and understand gender inequalities, and one that is to be welcomed wholeheartedly.

Xiongfei Pan is a Visiting Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health (TGI). He received medical training in Sichuan University, a MSc in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a MSc/PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Sichuan University, and postdoc training in Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Josyula K. Lakshmi’s work focuses on health promotion through awareness-raising, behaviour change and the creation of supportive physical, social and policy environments. She has been in the public health sector for 15 years and joined The George Institute for Global Health two years ago.

Arpita Ghosh’s work cuts across many areas of public health, including child health, nutrition, elderly health and wellbeing, and chronic diseases, particularly cancer. She joined The George Institute for Global Health in 2018 following nine years of work in the biomedical science sector.

Research facilitator Madhuri Dutta has been working in research administration for eight years. Specialising in research management and administration, Madhuri joined The George Institute for Global Health nine months ago. 

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