Book Launch
series event

Launch of Oxford Textbook of Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents

MARCH Centre - book launch

10 million deaths occur each year among newborns, children, adolescents, plus maternal deaths and stillbirths. These deaths are mostly preventable with existing interventions - a major injustice in today’s world. The vast majority happen in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, yet health risks facing women and children are relevant everywhere.

The Oxford Textbook of Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents is the first comprehensive book on this topic, and is written by many leading experts from all over the world, with editors from UCL and LSHTM.

Taking a life-course approach, the chapters start with adolescence, covering sexual and reproductive health, HIV, pregnancy, birth mental health, and much more. Child development is traced from conception through pregnancy, the newborn period, and into childhood and adolescence, with topics including newborn care, nutrition, infections, and injuries.

This book asks uncomfortable but necessary questions about the determinants of health, such as maltreatment, and malnutrition, violence and climate change, and considers how to influence policy and inspire change. 


The event includes:

Drinks reception with books available at major discount.

Exhibition of the original art for the cover.

Please note seating will be very limited in the Library area as this is a standing event. 



Professor Peter Piot

Professor Joy Lawn  

Dr Delan Devakumar

Dr Jennifer Hall

Dr Zeshan Qureshi

Professor Anthony Costello 



Professor Baron Peter Piot, is the Director of LSHTM, and a Handa Professor of Global Health. After helping discover the Ebola virus in 1976 and leading efforts to contain the first-ever recorded Ebola epidemic that same year, Piot became a pioneering researcher into AIDS as the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008.  During his career Prof Piot has received numerous awards for his contributions to global health, including the Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Award, the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health, and the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award


Dr Delan Devakumar is a Clinical Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Health at the UCL Institute for Global Health. He is an honorary consultant in public health and previously worked as a paediatrician in humanitarian settings with Médecins Sans Frontières. He has a PhD in global child health from UCL and is part of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.


Dr Jennifer Hall is a Principal Clinical Researcher at the UCL Institute for Women's Health. She is an honorary consultant in public health with a PhD in Maternal Health and Epidemiology, undertaken in Malawi. Her NIHR funded work is on measurement of pregnancy intention, preconception care and the detection and management of unplanned pregnancies. Her work aims to improve health and social outcomes for women of reproductive age around the world.


Dr Zeshan Qureshi is an academic and clinical paediatrician, with a special interest in global health and medical education. He has published and presented research in the fields of pharmacology, global health, and medical education. He is the chief editor of the Unofficial Guide to Medicine series.


Professor Joy Lawn is an African born, British trained paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist, and is Director of the Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child health (MARCH) Centre at LSHTM. She has a Masters of Public Health from Emory University and a PhD in perinatal epidemiology from UCL. She has more than 25 years of experience mostly in Africa and was the Director of Global Evidence and Policy for Gates Foundation funded Saving Newborn Lives programme at Save the Children for ten years. She has published over 250 peer reviewed papers, as well as a range of chapters, books and policy relevant reports, co-leading several Lancet series on newborn survival and stillbirths.


Professor Anthony Costello is a renowned expert on maternal, newborn and child health at UCL. He was previously Director of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization, Professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health, and chair of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Climate Change.  


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