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Today’s teaching on global child health was given by IHTM alumna, Sophie Janet, who was part of the inaugural IHTM year group in 2015. Sophie taught the session remotely from Dakar in Senegal where she is based with MSF.

Photo of a mother and two young children in a tented refugee camp

Sophie oversees paediatric projects in West Central Africa and Latin America. Her responsibilities include shaping the MSF paediatric and newborn strategy, developing and drafting guidelines for its implementation, and supporting staff in the field with technical paediatric issues.

The session provided a summary of child mortality and morbidity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), allowing a focused exploration of the challenges and opportunities in improving child health outcomes in these settings. Students analysed the unique issues facing children and explored evidence-based interventions and strategies to address them through different case studies.

Students divided into four groups and researched and then presented the group’s integrated high-level strategy at country level for each of their scenarios. The interventions were framed using the integrated ecological life course approach.

Scenarios - you are part of the government addressing child health leading the following dossiers:

  • Mexico - Double burden of malnutrition (obesity/undernutrition wasting & stunting)
  • Pakistan - Pneumonia the “neglected killer”
  • DRC - Malaria & the deadliest “animal” in the world
  • Chad - Diarrhoea the silent murder