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Ekjut, India, represented at Women Deliver 2010 conference

8 June 2010

Dr Nirmala Nair and Ms Suchitra Rath from Ekjut, India, have won scholarships to attend the Women Deliver, 2010 Conference in Washington DC, where they and other delegates will meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Dr Nair and colleagues will present results from a randomised controlled trial recently published in the Lancet with a UCL team led by Professor Anthony Costello of the Institute for Global Health. The Ekjut trial evaluated the impact of participatory women's groups led by local female facilitators on neonatal mortality in rural, tribal districts of Jharkhand and Orissa in eastern India. The study showed a 45% reduction in neonatal mortality (years 2&3) and 57% reduction in maternal depression (year 3). As a result of this work, over 900 women's groups (more than 20,000 women) are now meeting every month to discuss maternal and child health issues in underserved villages of Jharkhand and Orissa.