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Anthony Costello: Irreverent, melancholic, dogged

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 29 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3550


Anthony Costello, 63, is head of maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health at the World Health Organization. Trained as a paediatrician, he worked for Save the Children in a remote corner of Nepal, where he pioneered an approach to neonatal care that combined research with action. With Nepalese colleagues he has published many studies showing the huge benefits of women’s groups in spreading good care and cutting maternal and child mortality. As director of the Institute for Global Health at University College London, he chaired two influential reports on climate change. Born and raised in southeast London, he still supports Millwall FC.

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