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New Lancet Series on women’s and children’s health in conflict settings

A Series of articles in the Lancet presents informative research from an IDRC-supported project on interventions to improve our understanding of women’s and children’s health in conflict-affected zones.
Event graphic used to promote the launch of this series of articles in the Lancet.


The Series launch event on January 25 was attended by 1,343 people from 85 countries and supported by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Read the full set of Lancet articles here.

Centred on research from the BRANCH Consortium (Bridging Research & Action in Conflict Settings for the Health of Women & Children), partially funded by IDRC and led by Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta of the SickKids Hospital’s Centre for Global Child Health, the Series aims to enhance our understanding of and address the unique requirements of providing sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition services in conflict settings. The Series’ papers convey ways to fill current evidence and guidance gaps as well as longer term efforts to ensure the most effective health response for these women and children.

A diverse panel of experts, including authors of the articles, shared ideas on how to advance health-related interventions for women and children in conflict zones. The launch was moderated by Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet. You can view a live recording (English only) of the launch event here, featuring the following partners and speakers:

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization
Eran Bendavid*, Stanford University
Zulfiqar A. Bhutta*, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and The Aga Khan University
Karl Blanchet*, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
Paul Richard Fife, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
Michelle Gaffey*, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health
Esperanza Martinez, International Committee of the Red Cross
Elizabeth Mason, Independent Accountability Panel
Wais Qarani, Afghanistan Nurses and Midwives Council
Neha Singh*, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Paul Spiegel*, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health
Paul Wise*, Stanford University

*Indicates a Series author.