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Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn


Each year, there are roughly 10 million new-born, child, adolescent, maternal, and stillborn deaths. Most of these deaths and linked disabilities can be prevented if evidence-based interventions are implemented.

By signing up for this course, you’ll learn from the world’s leading experts with direct experience improving the health of women, children and adolescents across the globe. They’ll take you on a unique and compelling learning journey, summarising the latest data, evidence, and research gaps in an accessible way.

Explore the lifecycle from birth to adulthood

The course will run over six weeks, exploring the lifecycle from birth to adulthood, to look at adolescent, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.

Each week will focus on a different area, inviting you to discuss the most recent data, and the current policy, programme and research debates that inform action to improve health outcomes.

At the end of the course we will reflect on the importance of lifecycle thinking for women, children and adolescents in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Get multiple perspectives on maternal and child health

The Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child Health (MARCH) is the central hub for women’s and children’s health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and comprises more than 150 academics working around the world in 100 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In this course, you will hear from MARCH Centre experts in a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, demography, anthropology, medicine and public health.

Contributors include:

  • Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre
  • Professor David Ross from the World Health Organisation Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.

Understand case studies from around the globe

Through the use of case studies, multimedia content and discussions with other learners from around the globe, we will consider the latest evidence about how to improve the health of women, children and adolescents in the context of different country settings.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organisation; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with an interest in learning about the health of women, children and adolescents.


  • Adolescents and young people
    • Introduction
    • Who are adolescents and young people?
    • Adolescent health: current state and why is it a priority?
    • Programming for the health of adolescents and young people
  • Reproductive health: every birth wanted
    • Current status and why does it matter?
    • Making every birth wanted: challenges and solutions
    • Political and social issues
    • Country case study: Ethiopia
  • Maternal health and safe motherhood
    • Current status and why does it matter?
    • Promoting safe motherhood: Challenges and solutions
    • What do we need to do next?
  • Newborns and stillbirths
    • Current status & why does it matter?
    • Evidence for action: Improving quality of care
    • The future: using evidence to link to policy and political change
  • Child health
    • Current status & why does it matter?
    • Challenges and solutions
    • What next for our children?
  • Putting women and children’s health together
    • The lifecycle approach for women and children's health
    • Cross-cutting challenges
    • Opportunities to transform women and children's health in the SDG-era

Taught by

Tanya Marchant


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  • Anonymous
    I 'm about to start the course for personal enrichment at the same time with "International Women's Health and Human Rights" MOOC from Coursera. Very interesting, the topics are discussed with in-depth and **in-breadth** insights
  • Aayushi Pandya

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