Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsJOY 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 secondsThen 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 secondsIn 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.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to our course, Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action. I’m Professor Joy Lawn, Lead Educator for the course and Director of the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

About the course

The course will last for six weeks, with the first five covering adolescent, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. The sixth and final week will bring women and children’s health together and look forward to opportunities to transform women and children’s health in the SDG era. Altogether this is an exceptionally broad topic and we cannot cover everything! However, each week is led by a different member of staff and will focus on some of the most important issues and topics relating to that week’s focus. During the course you will:

  • Learn about health across the lifecycle from newborn to child to adolescents and women in areas of the world where the burden of disease is highest
  • Understand how different stages of the lifecycle affect each other
  • Examine the evidence on what causes poor health outcomes and what is known about how to prevent them.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) follow on from the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a means to drive international policies and develop accountability for improving the lives of the poor. The SDGs, launched in September 2015 and enacted at the start of 2016, are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies until 2030.

How many SDGs are there?

Following an extensive consultation led by the UN, 17 SDGs have been defined, each with a sub-set of targets to be achieved world-wide. Within these 17 goals, a total of 169 targets have been proposed. Each of these targets also have a set of measurable indicators with which to monitor progress.

The SDGs will be referenced throughout the course, as we have only one decade to achieve targets set by the global agenda to improve the health of women, children and adolescents. We very much look forward to learning with you and hope you find the course valuable.

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Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

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