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New Lancet papers on Women's support groups improving neonatal survival rates

10 March 2010

Research carried out by researchers in CIHD and colleagues in India show that women’s community groups have had a dramatic effect on reducing neonatal mortality rates in some of the poorest areas of India, according to a new study published in the ‘Lancet’. The groups provide a cost-effective intervention with added benefits such as reducing significantly maternal depression and improving decision-making among the women.

The 'Lancet' also publishes a second study carried out by CIHD and colleagues using the same approach - women's groups - in Bangladesh. The study failed to reproduce the benefits of the India trial. However, in this case, the researchers believe that there were a number of issues that may have affected the outcome, including a failure to achieve the same coverage of women's groups and recruitment of pregnant women as the India trial.  For more information click here.