BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Singer Ella Eyre; Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah; Sofie Hagen; Neonatal deaths & stillbirth disparities; Covid & Xmas plans

Ella Eyre - MOBO and Brit award-winning singer-songwriter.

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After undergoing vocal cord surgery, EllaEyre is back - her first headline tour in six years. She reveals how she's had to learn how to sing again and her new musical direction

Ella Eyre - MOBO and Brit award-winning singer-songwriter.

Show moreOver the summer it's been tempting to think that the pandemic is almost over. But last night, Health Secretary Savid Javid insisted that "life is not back to normal". 49,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday - levels we haven't seen since the end of last year - and he warned that they could hit 100,000 a day over winter. But despite all this, the government has decided not to implement its so-called Plan B - which would include mandatory mask wearing, working from home and vaccine passports. Instead its encouraging people to get their booster jabs, and advising people to make their own decisions on mask wearing and socialising more outside.

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But will the public, who've already seen one Christmas fall into oblivion, be willing to change their behaviour for a second winter?Campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is raising awareness of asthma and the health problems that can be caused by air pollution. Last year her daughter, Ella, became the first person in Britain to have air pollution listed as the cause of death after an inquest. She died in 2013 aged nine. Now Rosamund is calling on Boris Johnson to “set an example for the whole world” with ambitious clear air goals. The Environment Bill was debated in the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday). Rosamund discusses her work and the changes she wants to see.

Lockdowns and working from home have changed how we dress but 'fat people don't have the luxury of wearing the dressed down look'. That's according to the activist and stand-up comedian Sofie Hagen who says that society dictates that people who are over-weight have to look like they are trying. She and Emma discuss the pressures she believes exist.

Mortality rates remain exceptionally high for babies from ethnically diverse backgrounds despite overall rates of stillbirth and neonatal death rates having fallen. Neonatal death rates are 73% higher than those living in the least deprived areas. With Asian babies 60% higher than white babies, and 43% greater for babies of Black ethnicity. Emma is joined by Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of SANDS, and Professor of Perinatal & Paediatric Epidemiology, Elizabeth Draper part of the MBRRACE team who collect and analyse the numbers and rates of baby deaths in the UK.

After undergoing vocal chord surgery, MOBO and Brit award-winning singer songwriter Ella Eyre is back on her first headline tour in six years. She reveals how she's had to learn how to sing again - and how the experience has inspired a new musical direction.

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rosamund_ElsFdn Emmabarnett Vital to protect everyone, the unborn child, nature that the air is as clean as possible. Pollution causes disease, environmental disaster, water supply becomes infected, spring water is taken from chalk streams. The soil needs artificial fertiliser endless cycle £ petroleum ind.

rosamund_ElsFdn Emmabarnett In areas with greater pollution there is a greater number of Covid deaths. Yup. Time to sort it, eh? DraperES CHarmerSands I will definitely listen to BBC Woman's Hour

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