RESULTS UK is pleased to confirm Dr Rhona MacDonald as the guest for November’s conference call which will be looking at the importance of sanitation and hygiene in reducing child mortality.
Dr Rhona MacDonald is currently Senior Editor at The Lancet, the world’s leading general health journal. Rhona joined The Lancet in 2006 and is heavily involved in driving the journal’s global health work. She also sent up the Lancet Student in 2007 to encourage students around the world to get involved in global health. Rhona is a medical doctor, graduating from Aberdeen University in 1992, later specialising in paediatrics, primary care, and public health.
Rhona has worked in several low and middle income countries and has worked for the international non-governmental organisations Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) and Oxfam. She has also previously worked as a medical editor at the British Medical Journal, including being the editor of BMJ Careers and senior editor of the Student BMJ.
In June, Rhona presented at a UCL Global Health Symposium on neglected issues in child health. She said that lack of access to clean water and improved sanitation is responsible for a large proportion of these child deaths, yet these key challenges continue to be neglected in the global health agenda, despite being included in Millennium Development Goals agreed by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions.
She challenged more people to take action in prioritising water, sanitation and hygiene interventions – where every $1 invested in water and sanitation generates a $8 return – emphasising that, in this issue, “Complacency is complicity.”
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