This year’s Varma Lecture will be given by France Donnay MD, FRCOG, FACOG, MPH and is titled “Maternal Health in a Changing World: from Urbanisation to User Centered Design”.

Date: Thursday 6 October 2016 at 5:30pm

Venue: Michael Heron Lecture Theatre, first floor Hunter Wing, St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, Tooting, London SW17 0RE

Register: Attendance is free. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 30 September.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

About France Donnay
France Donnay is currently an independent consultant, with a focus on women’s health policies, programs and practices. She currently consults with UCSF/University of California San Francisco and Ariadnelabs/Harvard School of Public Health on quality care at childbirth in Kenya and India; with WHO on a new partograph; and with Marketing For International Development, based in Finland, on applying user-centric design to achieve better outcomes for mothers and newborns.

She practiced obstetrics and gynaecology in public and private hospitals as well as family planning clinics in Brussels from 1975-1993. Because of her interest in maternal health in developing countries, during these 15 years she also worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In 1994, Donnay joined UNICEF and worked on safe motherhood policies and programs. She transferred to UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) in 1999, where she was in charge of reproductive health technical support at Headquarters from 1999 to 2005, before leading the UNFPA office in Pakistan from 2005 to 2008. France Donnay has visited and worked in many countries in all regions of the world.