A British invention, a syringe with a needle which breaks if a user tries to pull back the plunger for a second injection, is set to save a million lives worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation Life-Saver Needles is the brainchild of 53 year-old Marc Koska.
In 2010 over 2 million people were infected with hepatitis and over 33,800 with HIV because of unsafe injection according to a 2014 WHO study.
Two fifths of injections in the developing world are given with re-used syringes.
Source: Kat Lay, Health Correspondent, The Times, 24th February 2015.
blueprint brief: 25th February 2015