Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds JOY LAWN: Welcome to this online course. My name is Joy Lawn, and I’m a professor here at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as the director of the MARCH Centre who have developed this course. Now here at the London School, with famed for being obsessed with the life cycles of bugs and parasites. But in this course, we’re going to take a journey through the lifecycle of the human. And this is something that all of us can relate to. We’ve chosen to start not with the baby, but with the adolescent– young people. An opportunity for transformation. Then we will move to reproductive health under threat on the global agenda.
Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds Then to maternal health, 30 years of progress and yet, an unfinished agenda. Then onto newborns. Newborn on the global agenda, and still births that are still neglected. And we will end with the child. So many opportunities, and yet challenges. And the last week of this course, we will end up bringing together that life cycle. In each of the weeks, we will focus on where do we need to be by 2030? Only a decade until we need to reach ambitious targets. Where are we now? The evidence we have to bridge that gap around the world. And also the gaps– the research gaps, the data gaps, the action gaps, and the controversies.
Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds In designing this course, we have learned together and from many participants who took the first edition of this course, 26,000 of you from 130 different countries. And one of the most beautiful things for us has been your participation and your inputs. So in this course, we want to interact with you. You will meet world-leading scientists, and you will meet next generation scientists. We have deliberately incorporated gender and diversity in the faces you will see. And we hope that together, we can learn not just about the evidence, but how to bring that to action, to change outcomes for women and children all over the world. We look forward to this journey with you. Thank you.