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Anthony Costello

Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization (WHO)

Anthony Costello is an international expert on maternal, newborn and child health.


He trained as a paediatrician. He has chaired two Lancet Commissions on Health and Climate Change, the latest to be published in June 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London; Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Academy of Medical Sciences. For his research work he received the James Spence medal, the highest honour of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Through his work with University College London as Director for the Institute for Global Health he has led country programmes in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Malawi. He serves as UCL Pro Vice-Provost for Africa and the Middle East, and on the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Geneva, chaired by Dr Graca Machel. In September 2015 he will become Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organisation.

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