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Series authors discuss a new 4-part Series of papers published in the Lancet that aim to improve understanding of and address the special requirements of providing sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition services in conflict settings. The Series draws upon scholarship from the BRANCH Consortium, providing insights into the nature and dynamics of women’s and children’s health and nutrition in diverse conflict contexts globally. The Series papers articulate a way forward to fill immediate evidence and guidance gaps as well as longer term action to ensure the most effective humanitarian health response for conflict-affected women and children. A diverse panel of experts and frontline workers share ideas on how to advance health sector interventions for women and children in conflict settings.

The Series includes:

Executive Summary

Paper 1 - The political and security dimensions of the humanitarian health response to violent conflict

Paper 2 - The effects of armed conflict on the health of women and children

Paper 3 - Delivering health interventions to women, children, and adolescents in conflict settings: what have we learned from ten country case studies?

Paper 4 - Delivering health and nutrition interventions for women and children in different conflict contexts: a framework for decision making on what, when, and how

Comment 1 - Doing better for women and children in armed conflict settings

Comment 2 - A commitment to support the world’s most vulnerable women, children, and adolescents

Access the full Lancet Series on women’s and children’s health in conflict settings here.

Access the full agenda, including speaker bios, here.

25 January 2021 at 10:00-11:45 am EST/4:00-5:45 pm CET

Speakers include:


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organization

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Eran Bendavid*

Stanford University & BRANCH Consortium

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Zulfiqar A Bhutta*

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health & The Aga Khan University & BRANCH Consortium

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Karl Blanchet*

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies & BRANCH Consortium

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Helen Clark

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health


Paul Richard Fife

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)


Michelle Gaffey*

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health & BRANCH Consortium

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Esperanza Martinez

International Committee of the Red Cross

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Elizabeth Mason

Independent Accountability Panel

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Wais Qarani

Afghanistan Nurses and Midwives Council

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Neha Singh*

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre & BRANCH Consortium

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Paul Spiegel*

Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health & BRANCH Consortium

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Paul Wise*

Stanford University & BRANCH Consortium

Moderated by Richard Horton, The Lancet

*Indicates Series author

Invited short comments have been provided by:

  • Robert Black, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health & BRANCH Consortium

  • Ties Boerma, Countdown to 2030 & BRANCH Consortium

  • Abdi Dalmar, Somali Research and Development Institute (SORDI) & BRANCH Consortium

  • Isabel Garces, Universidad de Antioquia & BRANCH Consortium

  • Hala Ghattas, American University of Beirut & BRANCH Consortium

  • Ana Langer, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health & BRANCH Consortium

  • Espoir Bewenge Malembaka, Université Catholique de Bukavu & BRANCH Consortium

  • Ron Waldman, Doctors of the World & BRANCH Consortium

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