FHS Seminar Series - GlobalChild; a rights-based approach to global health and equity

by Dr. Ziba Vaghri, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria

January 11, 2018

Event Type

Seminar Series


January 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Room 9920


Inequities in child health and developmental outcomes are the inevitable results of discriminatory social policies and differential provision of services and opportunities. Periodic monitoring of policies and services, and their impact on children, is an efficient way to promote population health across the globe.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) supports optimal child development through providing international standards and an accountability mechanism for the fulfillment of children's rights. Fulfilling obligatory periodic reporting requirements remains a challenge for most of the 196 countries that have ratified the CRC. Under the auspices of the CRC Committee, and carried out by a team of international experts, GlobalChild is a comprehensive child rights monitoring platform aiming to address these issues.

This presentation provides an overview of a decade of work with UN agencies, key characteristics of GlobalChild, and its role in enhancing global health and our accountability to children.


Dr. Ziba Vaghri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria and Director of the CIHR-funded GlobalChild research program. She has over two decades of global health research experience, and international experience in the areas of early child development and child rights. Ziba is also the lead author and scientist behind the Early Childhood Rights Indicators (ECRI), a tool for monitoring early child development. Ziba has worked with various international development and UN agencies, including the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and UNICEF. In 2014, she received a 5-year Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.


* This Seminar Series is open to the SFU Research Community.  

* This seminar was recorded and can viewed here by the FHS Research Community.

*  A light lunch will be available at this seminar.  

* The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.