Gender differences in child development have been extensively studied in high-income countries, but few data are available from low-income and middle-income countries. In this study of six countries across the Asia-Pacific region, researchers address this research gap, and find that girls aged 3–5 years outperform boys in developmental tests. The development of girls is anticipated to provide greater opportunities for economic development and will be key to achieving SDG 5.
Contributing to Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and well-being) and 10 (reduced inequalities), this article composed a cohort study on men and transgender women who have sex with men in an attempt to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted infection incidences.
Directly contributing to SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and 15 (Life on Land), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning research explores the relationship between the wellbeing of people living within megacities and ecosystem services, pushing for increased urban forest conservation and implementation strategies.
Afghanistan has prioritised the achievement of universal health coverage, drawing attention to underserved groups such as people living with disabilities. This study analyses the progress of improving health care coverage for people with disabilities, between 2005 and 2013, using the indicators availability of health care, as well as perceived coverage of health needs. As part of SDG 3.8, this study helps shape policy for improving the provision of health care for people with disabilities.
West Africa has the highest proportion of married adolescents, and the highest adolescent childbearing rate and maternal death rate in sub-Saharan Africa. Using data from 19 211 women across 13 west African countries, this survey-based study reports that while many adolescents use some antenatal care for their first birth, they seek care later, make fewer visits during pregnancy, and receive less comprehensive care than older first-time mothers.

Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, Volume 60, Issue 1, July–August 2017, Pages 45-55.

Contributing to SDG 3 (Good health and Well-being), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning review details the findings surrounding the impact of running on various health outcomes.
Maternal mortality remains a major health challenge facing developing countries, with pre-eclampsia accounting for up to 17% of maternal deaths. Diagnosis requires skilled health providers and devices that are appropriate for low-resource settings. This study presents the first cost-effectiveness analysis of multiple medical devices used to diagnose pre-eclampsia in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Climate services for health is an emerging discipline aiming to help health professionals better understand the effect of climate and weather conditions on health, and ultimately, to anticipate disease risk consequent upon climate change. This article shows the connections of goal 3 (good health and wellbeing) and goal 13 (climate action) in its application of climate services for health to dengue fever.

Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine (Third Edition), Gender in the Genomic Era, 2017, Pages 733-741

The chapter explores gender-specific medicine. It advances SDG Goal, Gender Equality, by ensuring gender is considered in treatments of illness and disease.

Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Volume 40, Issue 2, June 2017, Pages 309-319.

Sexual minority and transgender women experience increased rates of societal discrimination, harassment, and violence. This research applies minority stress theory links to mental illness and substance use disorders in these groups of women. Clinicians must seek education from multiple sources to develop cultural competence in working with such clients. This research contributes to SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being).