The life and contribution of Professor David Sanders through his publications

11 February, 2020

David Sanders, who contributed so much to paediatrics and child health in the developing world - and challenged us all to rethink the role of the medical profession- before his early death last August, is featured in a study published online today in Archives of Disease in Childhood

The article can be read on the internet without charge and the abstract is as follows:

Professor David Sanders died in August 2019. He leaves a long legacy of analysis and teaching on global child health and public health particularly in relation to poverty and the roots of ill health, and how to tackle them. Sanders believed that the determinants of health lay in the social conditions of the population and that these had to be improved by social change and working at the grass roots rather than by top-down medical treatment with drugs; he was a strong proponent of primary healthcare as originally established by WHO and supported the appointment of community health workers who would be responsible to the local community.

His work is covered in this article through a review of significant books of which the best known is The Struggle for Health and his research in the field.

Tony Waterston

CHIFA profile: Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician who worked mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent 6 years working in Zambia and Zimbabwe and directed the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Diploma in Palestinian Child Health teaching programme in the occupied Palestinian territories. He was an Editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Social Pediatrics. His academic interests are child poverty, advocacy for child health and children's rights. He is currently the lead moderator of CHIFA. <> He is also a member of the HIFA Steering Group.

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