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Summary of Week 6 and the course

Summary of the week's learning and key issues in putting women and children's health together from Dr Tanya Marchant.

We have now reached the end of the course. Over the past six weeks we have heard from a broad range of experts who have described the health status of women, children and adolescents, told us about the discovery of the risks to health, the development of new tools to improve health outcomes, and what it takes to deliver strategies that work around the world.

Despite the differences throughout the lifecycle and the multidisciplinary interests of the various contributors, clear overall messages have emerged. One example is the value of context and country ownership so that evidence and implementation is tailored to local realities. Another is the importance of improved measurement and stronger links to accountability so that inequities are not just measured, but acted on, and no-one is left behind.

Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the course from the School’s MARCH Centre and beyond, and to thank you too for your interest and participation. We are part of a generation that has witnessed the most dramatic improvements in human survival but for women, newborns, children and adolescents around the world, even more improvements are possible if we collectively use this evidence to take action.

Lead educator: Dr Tanya Marchant
Course mentors: Professor Joy Lawn, Krystyna Makowiecka and Dr Neal Russell
Course developers and hosts: Megan Kill and Joanna Stroud
Weekly leads: Dr Veronique Filippi, Professor Joy Lawn, Professor David Ross and Dr Shunmay Yeung

Many people have been involved in the development of this course and we would like to thank them for their hard work and valuable contributions.

Contributors from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Corinne Armstrong
Agnes Becker
Lenka Beňová
Hannah Blencowe
Magdalena Bondos
Joanna Busza
Clara Calvert
Oona Campbell
Kathryn Church
John Cleland
Simon Cousens
Jenny Cresswell
Val Curtis
Pat Doyle
Rashida Ferrand
Wendy Graham
Marko Kerac
Isabelle Lange
Cicely Marston
Sarah Moxon
Shefali Oza
Peter Piot
Andrew Prentice
Caroline Rogers
Christopher Smith
Kes Stern
Christopher Whitty
Carine Ronsmans
Jessie Schmitz
Neha Singh

Contributors from other organisations
Marge Berer (International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion)
Kim Dickson (UNICEF)
Beverly Jane Ferguson (World Health Organization)
Mark Jordans (Kings College London)
Gwyneth Lewis (University College London)
David Meddings (World Health Organization)
Joan Summers (Marie Stopes International)
Addis Tamire Woldemariam (Ministry of Health of Ethiopia)

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