The Lancet Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings


A new Lancet Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings aimed 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 was launched on Monday 25 January 2020.

The Series, co-authored by our Centre’s Director Professor Karl Blanchet, draws upon scholarship from the Bridging Research & Action in Conflict Settings for Health of Women & Children (BRANCH) Consortium – of which our Centre is partner – and provides 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.

The Series includes:

Executive Summary (pdf available here)

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

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

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

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

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

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

A press release about the new series and its launch is available here.