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UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents officially launched

The Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents was officially launched on 3rd May 2018.

photograph of smoke pollution awareness community art project, Nepal.

Led by Professor David Osrin, director of the Centre, we held a symposium on public engagement.

Our new Centre aims to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents in low-, middle-, and high-income countries through inclusive engagement with community members, healthcare providers, academics, and policymakers.  Our current research considers the development and evaluation of interventions to improve maternal and newborn health, child growth and development, adolescent nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, protection for vulnerable children, and community mobilisation to reduce violence against women and girls.

The keynote speaker, Dr Elizabeth Pisani, gave a thought-provoking and enlightened talk on public engagement, its purpose and potential pitfalls.  Our researchers then showcased some of their engagement projects on inequality, disability, air pollution, and child marriage.  Guest speakers, from UCL and beyond, led interactive discussions on the presentations.

Please have a look at some examples of the work that the Centre is involved in:

Carers Worldwide: Catalysing Change for Carers in Low and Middle Income Countries (and you can also watch a short film about their work in India - Invisible to Visible: Documenting the lives of carers in India)

Bangles and Bindhis: engaging communities about child marriage in southern Nepal (some short films have been made about this too - available via the resources section on the project page)

Smokescreen: a short documentary of a public engagement art project exploring air pollution in Dhanusha district, Nepal

Photographs
Above: smoke pollution awareness community art project, Nepal.
Below: Prof Osrin speaking at the Centre launch.

Prof David Osrin