Professor Anthony Costello

Director of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO

Dr. Anthony Costello

In September 2015 he joined the World Health Organisation in Geneva as Director of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health. Until 2015 Costello was Professor of International Child Health and Director of the Institute for Global Health at University College London (UCL).

His areas of scientific expertise include the evaluation of community interventions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, neonatal paediatrics, women’s groups, the cost-effectiveness of interventions, nutritional supplementation and international aid for maternal and child health. He has also contributed to papers on health economics, health systems, child development, nutrition and infectious disease, and managing the health effects of climate change.

He is a founding board member of Women and Children First, a UK based NGO which implements maternal and child health programmes in poor populations. Currently he is an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the UCL Hospital for Tropical Diseases, holds Fellowships of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and of the Royal College of Physicians, and formerly was a vice-President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

In April 2011 Anthony was awarded the James Spence Medal, the highest honour of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. This medal commemorates Sir James Spence (1892-1954) who was Professor of Child Health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and who founded and developed the British Paediatric Association. The award is made for outstanding contributions to paediatrics and child.