|School hosts international meeting to prepare special population issue of The Lancet|
|December 02, 2010|
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health hosted a working group of global experts in disciplines including economics, demography, epidemiology, political science and environmental science on Dec. 1-3. Representatives from international organizations - including The World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund and the World Bank - met to prepare a special theme issue of The Lancet on population, family planning and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The working group, which included The Lancet editor-in-chief, Dr. Richard Horton, assessed the scientific evidence for links between population and family planning and international goals, including reductions in maternal and child mortality and achieving a sustainable environment. The meeting was supported by grants from a Gillings award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The working group also included representatives from Harvard University, University of California-Berkley, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Duke University, Cornell University, American University, Columbia University, and Yale University.
The meeting was hosted by Herbert Peterson, MD, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor and chair of the maternal and child health department in UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine. Peterson also is director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, housed at UNC.
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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or email@example.com.