SAVE THE CHILDREN: Newborn research shares top honor from The Lancet
5 FEBRUARY 2009 | WASHINGTON DC - The newborn study article Effect of community-based newborn-care intervention package implemented through two service-delivery strategies in Sylhet district, Bangladesh: a cluster-randomised controlled trial received the Lancet Paper of the Year award on January 24th after 21,556 votes were cast.
Two other papers also received the award: Thrombolysis with alteplase 3 to 4·5 hours after acute ischemic stroke and Effect of carbocisteine on acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PEACE Study): a randomised placebo-controlled study.
"Public health and global health matter," wrote the Lancet editors in a comment in the January 24th issue. "The Projahnmo Study Group, led by Abdullah Baqui, reports a complex intervention that decreased neonatal mortality by one-third. Such efforts have helped to reduce annual worldwide mortality in under-5-year-olds from nearly 13 million in 1990 to less than 10 million in 2007."
Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program co-funded the three-year study in Sylhet, Bangladesh with USAID in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).
- Download the paper: Effect of community-based newborn-care intervention package
- Link Save the Children web site