Celebrating Two decades of Global Child Health

On 30 October 2020, the Amsterdam Centre for Global Child Health (ACGCH) will be celebrating the last 20 years of groundbreaking research and education by releasing the report ‘Two Decades of Global Child Health at Amsterdam UMC’. The report captures the achievements and activities and future perspectives of the ACGCH.

Unfortunately, the Symposium that was planned together with the release of the report has been postponed to 2021 due to the new COVID-19 measures in the Netherlands.

The ACGCH (formerly known as Global Child Health Group) was started 20 years ago by Professor Hugo Heymans, former head of the Emma Children’s Hospital AMC. The late Dr. Joep Lange played a critical role during the development of the ACGCH, and his involvement was instrumental in helping the group grow to what it is today. In 1999, Prof. Bernard Brabin established this Foundation Chair within the ACGCH with the aim to develop both an active teaching and research program. Most recently in 2013, Prof. Michael Boele van Hensbroek was appointed to Chair the ACGCH and has broadened the scope of the ACGCH by attracting experts in important sub-areas within Global Child Health.

The overarching aim of the ACGCH is to contribute to improve health for children worldwide by committing to capacity building by training medical staff working in Global Child Health settings, and by addressing important outstanding scientific research questions in the field. Over the past 20 years, the ACGCH has successfully completed many research initiatives ‘overseas’, which has involved obtaining funding, setting-up research sites, training local staff, conducting research and reporting the findings mostly on-line in high impact medical journals. Their research topics include malaria, malnutrition, meningitis, tuberculosis, nodding disease and other neurological and physical diseases.

The ACGCH is situated at the crossroads of three world-renowned groups in global health research. These groups, working closely together, are responsible for the majority of Global Health activities within the Netherlands. These groups are: the ACGCH of the Emma Children’s Hospital (the Emma); the Department of Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases and AIDS of the Division of Internal Medicine (Tropencentrum); and the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) of the Department of Global Health.

From the 30th onwards you can find the report as an ebook on the website globalchildhealth.nl