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Every Newborn-INDEPTH study supplement launch

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The Every Newborn-INDEPTH study involved >68,000 births and aimed to provide evidence to improve population-based survey data regarding pregnancy outcomes. Each year there are 5.1 million neonatal deaths and stillbirths, plus about 0.3 million maternal deaths worldwide. Around 75% of these deaths are still dependent on surveys, notably Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), as main data sources.

The study was conducted in five Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) sites from the INDEPTH Network in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Uganda, plus a coordinating team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Makerere University School of Public Health and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). The protocol was published in 2018 and the main study paper in Lancet Global Health this year. 

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of a series of 12 papers from the study in BMC Population Health Metrics, mainly with first authors from the sites and/or Makerere University. This supplement has key implications for measuring progress for the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to Every Newborn target. There are many findings with practical relevance to improved measurement of pregnancy outcomes in population-based surveys.

We will open the launch with a dedication to Professor Peter Byass, who was the Senior External Editor of the supplement and died suddenly in August 2020. This will be followed by a short film, some presentations from study authors and an interactive panel discussion chaired by Professor Joy Lawn (Director, MARCH Centre, LSHTM and PI, Every Newborn-INDEPTH study) which will include:

  • Professor Tumani Corrah- Board Chair, INDEPTH Network and Director, Africa Research Excellence Fund
  • Professor Stephen M Tollman- Director, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt) and Senior External Editor, Every Newborn-INDEPTH study supplement
  • Dr Sunita Kishor- Director, Demographic and Health Surveys Program, DHS
  • Dr Mark Hereward- Associate Director for Data and Analytics, UNICEF
  • Dr Peter Waiswa- Associate Professor of Health Policy, Planning and Management, Makerere University School of Public Health and PI, Every Newborn-INDEPTH study

Please note that the time listed is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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