Child development in the SDG era

Child development in the SDG era: what are the big implementation, measurement and research questions?


Date: Tuesday 30th May

Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm (event); 1:30 – 2:30 (informal lunch)

Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel St, London WC 1E 7HT

Type of event: Seminar and discussion panel, followed by lunch.


Description: The Convention of the Rights of the Child includes the right of every child to survive and thrive or to be supported to reach their best developmental potential. Within the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), this is recognised through goal 4 and several other goals which aim to ensure that all children have access to ‘good-quality’ early child development. What does this mean for child health research, policy and programming in the SDG era? This event aims to explore this question through dynamic interdisciplinary discussion, engaging experts in the field and showcasing recent research activities of several groups within the LSHTM.


 Session outline & Speakers:

12:00 – 12:05 Welcome & introduction – Prof Joy Lawn, Director MARCH Centre

12:05 – 12:20 Global child development in the SDG era – Prof Sally Grantham-McGregor, Emeritus Professor of Child Health and Nutrition, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, Faculty of Pop Health Sciences.

12:20 – 12:40 Evaluation of the ‘Saving Brains’ multi-country child development portfolio: what does it mean for implementation and measurement? –  Dr Kate Milner, Assistant Professor Child development and evaluation, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

12:40 – 1:00 Sustainable Program Incorporating Nutrition and Games (SPRING) Home Visits Intervention Trial to improve early child growth and development, including role of early life stress. – Prof Betty Kirkwood, Professor of Epidemiology & International Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine /Dr Sunil Bhopal, Research Fellow Wellcome Trust, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

1:00 – 1:30 Panel discussion and debate from audience. Panel to include non-government organisation, education, other research and donor perspectives.

1:30 – 2:30 Lunch


Admission: Free to attend. Please register via Eventbrite.

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This event is being hosted by the MARCH Centre in conjunction with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at LSHTM.