About this event

  • Date and time Tue 14 Jan 2020 from 8:45am to 4:55pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Paediatrics and Child Health

This event will explore current issues in global child health and how these impact children both at home and abroad. 

This meeting involves an exciting mix of world-renowned expert speakers, a practical session to experience a resuscitation course designed for low-income countries and hearing about the experiences of children affected by global issues here in the UK.

The day also aims to cover parts of the Progress paediatric curriculum related to this area that can be challenging to cover in day to day clinical practice. 

Global health issues affect us all in many ways. This day will be valuable and relevant to anyone who works in child health, from those who intend to work abroad, to those who want to understand how global child health affects our practice in the UK. 

Topics include:

  • The main causes of mortality worldwide, including new and emerging problems
  • How social determinants such as education and political unrest can impact on child health
  • The history and changes in disease vaccinations, plus the factors affecting vaccination uptake and their impacts both at home and abroad
  • Experience a practical taster of Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT), a resuscitation course designed for low-income countries
  • The experiences and challenges facing child refugees in the UK 

*Please ensure you book online before the event date - limited places available to register on the day*

Key speakers

Professor Elizabeth Molyneux

Tropical Medicine Specialist, and past Clinical Director of the emergency department of the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, and was a founder of APLS (Advanced Paediatric Life Support).

Speaker's biography

Having initially qualified in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Paediatrics in the UK, Professor Molyneux and her husband moved to Malawi and worked there for over 20 years.  She is a professor in the College of Medicine in Malawi, and was instrumental in starting the Paediatric A&E Department, the Kangaroo Care Unit, the Oncology Unit, and the Palliative Care Team in Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.


In the UK she was Clinical Director of the emergency department of the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, and was a founder of APLS (Advanced Paediatric Life Support). This led to developing the WHO course called ETAT (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment), which is now taught in many LMICs, all over the world.


Professor Molyneux and her husband were awarded OBE's in 2007 for their services to medicine. She has now retired but continues to visit Malawi and takes an active role supporting the new paediatric oncologist at QECH, Dr George Chagaluka.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Jacqueline Le Geyt, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Trainee representative for Global Health 

Why and where do children die?

Professor Elizabeth Molyneux, Honorary Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Medicine, Blantyre Malawi

Vaccine-preventable disease: At home and abroad

Dr Emma Sherwood, Public Health Registrar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Tea and coffee break
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Global

Dr Bhanu Williams, Consultant Paediatrician, Global Officer, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Northwick Park Hospital

Panel discussion
Introduction to emergency triage assessment and treatment

Chair: Dr Alexandra Pledge, Consultant Paediatrician, St Marys Hopsital London and Chair of Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment Working Group

Emergency triage assessment and treatment; assessing and treating the sick child in a low income setting

Dr Claire Snowden, Locum Consultant Paediatrician, The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton

Tea and coffee break
Social determinants of child health

Professor Nicholas Spencer, Emeritus Professor of Child Health, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Refugee children arriving in the UK

Ms Catherine Gladwell, Chief Executive, Refugee Support Network

Panel discussion
Interactive digital quiz and prize!
Concluding remarks

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting

Drinks reception

Open to all the delegates


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom