Fifth Freedom

Thursday, 03 March 2022


From 1900 to 2030

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CREATING THE FIFTH FREEDOM:
SIXTY YEARS OF PROGRESS BUT WORK STILL TO BE DONE

Professor Philip Hannaford, Emeritus Professor of Primary Care, University of Aberdeen

In 1965, Sir Dugald Baird, proposed a new (Fifth) Freedom which underpinned individual and global development - freedom from the tyranny of excessive fertility. Professor Phil Hannaford examines in his talk how modern contraception has helped create this Fifth Freedom for large parts of the world’s population, what benefits have accrued, and what still needs to be done to ensure universal enjoyment of this Freedom.

Phil Hannaford is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care at the University of Aberdeen. He remains Principal Investigator of the 54-year old Royal College of General Practitioners’ Oral Contraception Study, one of the, largest, most detailed, cohort studies of the safety of the contraceptive pill. He has provided advice to the World Health Organization about different aspects of contraceptive safety, and he sits on its Guideline Steering Group for Evidence-based Contraceptive Guidelines. He is currently chair of the Medicines for Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group of the Commission on Human Medicines.

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