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Reaching women and babies at their time of greatest risk

published 5 October 2017

The journal of health policy and systems research - published by Oxford University Press in association with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has launched a series of eight papers focusing mainly on African nations and looking into the changes and challenges when it comes to providing high quality care to mothers and newborns.

Birth being the time of greatest risk for the newborn and their mother with minutes deciding over life, death and health, this moment is also one of the greatest tests of how well health systems function. The series involved a 10 year collaboration coordinated by Professor Joy Lawn (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)), and Emmanuelle Daviaud (Medical Research Council South Africa), working with a group of LSHTM and African economists, and a range of partners in the countries including UNICEF, with funding mainly though Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children.

The IDEAS Principal Investigator Joanna Schellenberg, co-authored one of the papers onĀ Improving Newborn Survival in Southern Tanzania (INSIST) trial; community-based maternal and newborn care economic analysis.

All articles can be accessed atĀ