Institute for Global Health


UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

We aim to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents in low-, middle-, and high-income countries via inclusive engagement and intervention with community members and healthcare providers.

Ongoing research focuses on 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 mobilization to reduce violence against women and girls.

Strategic Priorities

Our objectives are:


To conduct formative research using qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and participatory approaches to understand contextual opportunities to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents in low-, middle-, and high-income countries.  For example our research on lifebox.

To evaluate complex interventions to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents through implementation science and controlled trials.  See our research on community resource centres to improve the health of women and children in Mumbai slums.



To promote and showcase the research enterprise as a collaboration between researchers, community members, healthcare providers, healthcare systems, and policymakers by increasing their engagement at each stage of the research cycle: asking questions, designing research, data collection, analysis, and reporting.  For example our engagement about adolescent migrant health.

Through research, education and engagement with communities and policy-makers, to emphasize the inclusion of research participants and potential beneficiaries, with specific attention to those facing challenges linked with disability, poverty, gender-based discrimination, and structural violence.  See our research on preventing gender-based violence.


To be a platform for education and training in maternal, child and adolescent health as well as approaches relevant to formative and evaluation research through: 

  1. undergraduate and postgraduate modules.  For example our Centre director Audrey Prost teaches an optional module on Anthropology and Global Health
  2. training opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral students.  For example our Phd student Joseph Collins.
  3. mutual capacity building as part of collaborative research with non-governmental organisations and policy-makers.  See our capacity development through The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (QCN).


See a full list of our research projects

Race and Health 

A network of healthcare workers, academics, and activists challenging the impact of racism, xenophobia and discrimination on health.

The centre recently ran a series of web seminars about topical issues related to COVID-19. Please see links below.

Is Migrant Health Racialized:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how the intersection of multiple forms of racialisation, discrimination and inequalities have devastating impacts on migrant health.

Are we moving backwards? The multiple jeopardy of gender-based violence, migration and COVID-19: 

This webinar explores the triple jeopardy of GBV, migration and COVID-19. It unpacks the risks of GBV faced by migrants and how COVID-19 has put pressure on health systems worldwide. 

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