New textbook on the Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children and Adolescents launched

March 26, 2019

Dr Jennifer Hall, lead researcher on the P3 study, has co-edited a new textbook on the Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children and Adolescents. Published by Oxford University Press, this is first comprehensive book on this topic, despite the fact that there are 10 million deaths among newborns (including stillbirths), children, and adolescents, as well as from maternal causes every year. These deaths are mostly preventable with existing interventions – a major injustice in today’s world. The vast majority happen in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, yet the dangers facing women and children are relevant everywhere. Written by experts in the field, this invaluable source takes a lifecourse approach to health.

Speaking at the launch Dr Hall described her own lifecourse as a researcher. From first studying global maternal and child health as a medical student in 2004 (when Professor Lawn was her teacher), to teaching on the topic from 2009, gaining a PhD in global maternal health and epidemiology in 2015 and publishing this book in 2018 (with Professor Lawn now as a co-editor). Dr Hall said ‘In my research in women’s health, the biggest shift in my thinking has been in taking a lifecourse approach, as this book does. Starting with adolescents encourages us to think about their health before they become parents, not only for their own heath, but also for the health of their future children.

The book was formally launched by the co-editors at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Wednesday 13th February. Participants in the P3 study can purchase a copy with a 30% discount. Please contact us on the study email address for more information.