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One of the main areas of research in the department concerns the development of young children in the face of adversity such as family physical illness (HIV and malaria), poverty and malnutrition, and forced migration. The ultimate aim of this work is to develop interventions to enhance children’s early development and support their families. A key aspect of this work is to elucidate the mechanisms by which early child development is affected. Ultimately the development of appropriate interventions together with our partners is our priority. We are strongly committed to the training of medical students, young doctors and other healthcare professionals and social scientists in these areas of work.

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