EAT Food Forum

Ancestral groups to combat newborn mortality

EAT talk with Professor Anthony Costello at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2014

Getting women engaged in converstation groups where they share experiences and knowledge has been shown to decrease neonatal mortality by up to 30%. How can this be? Anthony Costello shares his experience of working with women's groups in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Malawi.

Knowledge sharing is an important factor in this as is social support. Through the groups women increase their knowledge around childbirth and what comes after, they also develop a support network which can increase their sense of security and lower stress level, potentially having a direct impact on lowering obstetric complications.

"It's not all about mobile phones and messages" he says "it's actually about ancestral mechanisms of generating trust."

About Anthony Costello
Anthony Costello is Professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health. He is a founding board member of Women and Children First, a UK based NGO which implements maternal and child health programmes in poor populations.

He also directs programme and project grants funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Welcome Trust, Saving Newborn Lives Initiative, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the Big Lottery Fund and the Health Foundation. 

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