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19:00 - 21:00 22 March 2018

The Social Edge: population approaches to women’s and children’s health


Kennedy Lecture Theatre | Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street | London | WC1N 1EH | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Anthony Costello, Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization, Professor Anthony Costello is a renowned international expert on maternal, newborn and child health. He was Director of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization until the beginning of March 2018. He was previously Professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute of Global Health.

Working together in sympathy groups is the secret of success in all areas of human endeavour - from agriculture to child-care, science, theatre, the military, business and sport. The 'sympathy group’ is the smallest social group outside the family, 15 or so people who solve problems through conversation and shared strategies.

For twenty years Professor Costello led large-scale studies of women groups in Asia and Africa. They dramatically cut maternal and newborn deaths even where health services were rudimentary. In this lecture, he outlines population approaches to improve global women’s and children’s health. Learning from these experiments to build social trust, he analyses why and how successful organisations keep promises and build social capital.

The lecture is followed by drinks and canapés. The lecture is part of the Faculty of Population Health Alumni Event 2018, but is open to all.


Alice Ferns
+44 (0)2031086792 | a.ferns@ucl.ac.uk


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