New hope for newborns

This is a cross post from IDEAS, by Agnes Becker 22 May 2014 Join the Every Newborn movement Worldwide 2.9 million newborn babies die each year from largely preventable causes, and 2.6 million more are stillborn [1], finds the recently published Every Newborn Lancet series. This number of newborn deaths is due to three main […]

Evidence synthesis survey from PMNCH – we need your views!

Cross Post from IDEAS Do you use research evidence syntheses to change health policy? Advocate for change in health practices? Or perhaps identify research gaps? The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) value your thoughts and feedback on how you use research evidence syntheses, such as the PMNCH Knowledge Summaries, in your work by […]

Abstract Submission now open for Frontiers in Population Health 2014

Abstract Submission now open for Frontiers in Population Health 2014 On behalf of the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, we invite you to submit abstracts for the inaugural Frontiers in Population Health 2014 conference. Frontiers in Population Health is a new ESRC-funded conference targeted at PhD students and early career researchers, which aims to celebrate […]

STEP UP – Consultation on Standards of Evidence Symposium Report

LSHTM hosted a meeting on the standard of evidence for reproductive health programmes as part of its involvement in STEP UP.  STEP UP is a DFID funded research consortium coordinated by Population Council.  The meeting at LSHTM was thus co-organised by Population Council along with USAID and the symposium report has now been published. A […]

The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing held its second meeting on the 26th – 28th April. All but two of the 28 Commissioners were able to attend. The meeting was hosted by the UNICEF Innocenti Centre in Florence, and considerable progress was made over the intensive three day meeting. Each of the working […]

The London School and Brazil: Science and Collaboration

The London School and Brazil: Science and Collaboration Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014 to Thursday 29 May 2014 Time: 10:00 am Venue: LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK Type of event: Conference   Join us for an exciting opportunity for showcasing potential research collaborations between the London School and Brazil! There will be some MARCH […]

1st Annual MARCH Centre Retreat

1st MARCH Centre Retreat by Dr Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, LSHTM Alumni Scholarship On March 31st & April 1st I attended the first MARCH (Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health) Centre retreat held at Downing College, Cambridge. The retreat was attended by 75 people from all 3 faculties of the LSHTM as well as guests from other organisations.  […]

Can measurement inspire change for women and children?

This is a cross-post from IDEAS and Impatient Optimists  7 March 2014 Authors: Agnes Becker, Krystyna Makowiecka, Tanya Marchant. Melinda and I are disgusted by the fact that more than six million children died last year. But we are motivated by the fact that this number is the lowest ever recorded. We want to make sure it keeps going […]

Child-bearing women deserve respectful and equitable healthcare – a theme for the post-MDG agenda

This is a cross post from IDEAS 11 February 2014 Maternal and neonatal healthcare is going to remain a central focus on the developmental agenda for low- and middle-income countries, but public health professionals need to focus more on quality, equity and respect for healthcare users. And women’s voices need to join those of health […]

Harnessing the power of open data to improve maternal and newborn health

This is a cross post from IDEAS. 10 February 2014 Screenshot from the Sure Start data sharing website Author: John Ballenot, Communications Officer, PATH The increasing availability of open data promises to transform global health and development. A data-sharing website established by PATH’s Sure Start project in India,, is one example of how open data can […]