A new report suggests that foreign assistance from the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is increasing at a much faster rate than that from the G7 countries. Claudia discusses the impact this could have on the world’s health with contributors to the report Sridhar Venkatapuram from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Kirill Danishevskiy of Moscow Medical Academy, and the lead author David Gold - co-executive director of Global Health Strategies Initiatives.


Blood transfusions have become an essential part of medical practice – whether for use in an emergency, during childbirth or in planned surgery. But in the new country of South Sudan there is just one storage facility for blood - and when there’s a power cut the blood can go off in just half an hour. So a group of doctors has come up with an imaginative interim solution – a virtual blood bank. Anna Cavell reports from Juba.


When they have a headache, some people go for paracetamol or aspirin, others choose ibuprofen. Now a review of more than 300 studies has come up with some intriguing conclusions, conclusions you might want to put into practice yourself. Dr Andrew Moore from the Pain Research Unit at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford talks to Claudia about his findings.

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Zika: a new pandemic?

Zika virus emerggency talks

The explosive spread and impact of the mosquito-borne virus.