The Wales Africa Health Links Network holds an annual lecture on a topic of interest to those engaged in global health activity in Wales. This year, we have been very fortunate to welcome Prof. Anthony Costello to deliver the lecture on the topic: “A Future for our Children?” Anthony is a professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health and Senior Advisor to CAP2030 – the campaign.
We are also pleased to welcome Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to give a response to Prof. Costello’s lecture. Sophie took up post in 2016 and has led high profile interventions around transport planning, education reform and climate change challenging the Government and others to demonstrate how they are taking account of future generations.
The event will be online, with a lecture, responses and an audience Q&A.
After serving as Director of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO Geneva, Anthony Costello returned to University College London in June 2018 as Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development. Previously he was Director of the Institute for Global Health at UCL. He is co-chair of the international Lancet Countdown for Climate Action and Health, and senior adviser to the Children in All Policies 2030 programme supported by WHO, UNICEF and the Lancet (www.cap-2030.org). His research has focused on cluster randomised trials of community mobilisation for maternal, newborn and metabolic health in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Malawi. His book ‘The Social Edge. The Power of Sympathy Groups for our Health, Wealth and Sustainable Future’ describes this work and speculates on ways we might tackle 21st century problems in the western world. With Sir David King, former UK government chief scientific adviser, he was a co-founder of Independent SAGE which aims to bring a greater focus on public health, transparency and public engagement to the UK Covid response.
CAP-2030 works to centre children’s health and well-being in all policies, to ensure an equitable, sustainable future. We implement the recommendations of the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission by promoting children’s rights and protecting their health through science, advocacy and coalition-building.