Global child health

An introduction with focus on lower respiratory tract infections

HOLICARE ACADEMY webinar - 31st March 2023

31st March 2023


  • In 2019 an estimated 5.2 million children under 5 years died mostly from preventable and treatable causes. An additional 500,000 older children (5 to 9 years) died in 2019. (source WHO)
  • Leading causes of death in children under-5 years are preterm birth complications, birth asphyxia/trauma, pneumonia, congenital anomalies, diarrhea and malaria, all of which can be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions including immunization, adequate nutrition, safe water and food and access to diagnostics and quality care.
  • The HOLICARE project is working hands on to bridge the gap and facilitate access to the latest diagnostics solutions to fight against respiratory tract infections.

Delve into the intricate workings of global child health. The discussion begins with an exploration of respiratory infections in children. Pr Tobias Alfeven from the Karolinska Institute and Dr Juliet Mwanga Amumpaire from the MSF Epicentre Research Centre present a thorough analysis, shedding light on the challenges and advancements in this crucial field. Subsequently, experts explore the definition of childhood and examine infant mortality statistics, with a particular focus on Uganda. This video offers a comprehensive dive into the complexities of child health on a global scale, fueled by insightful exchanges and perspectives.

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HOLICARE Academy Experts

Tobias Alfven

Professor in Global Child Health at Karolinska Institute and paediatrician at Sachs’ children and youth hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, Pr Tobias Alfen has for the last 20 years combined research, clinical medicine in paediatrics and work for the United Nations. He is also the president of the Swedish Society of Medicine and the co-chair of the Swedish Network for Global Child Health. He is also involved in the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health, a joint collaboration between Karolinska Institute and Makerere University

Associate Professor
Juliet Mwanga Amumpaire

Dr Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire obtained her Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health and a PhD in Health Sciences from the School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She is the Director of the MSF/Epicentre Research Centre in Mbarara and Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Her research interest is in infectious diseases and in improving quality of care for paediatric infectious diseases.