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The Lancet Global Health Network
Date:4/7/2008

LONDON, April 7 /PRNewswire/ --

- The Lancet Launches a New Initiative to Scale-up its Campaigns on Global Health to Create an Archive of Science for Health and Human Development

World Health Day on April 7 sees the launch of a new, editorially independent global health initiative called The Lancet Global Health Network http://www.thelancetglobalhealthnetwork.com.

The network will search and archive evidence, commission new analyses, devise programmatic recommendations, formulate proposals, and campaign for action in critical areas of international health and development.

The Lancet Global Health Network's publications will include disease and country reports, which will focus mainly, but not exclusively, on health in low- and middle-income countries.

Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, said: "During the past five years The Lancet has been fortunate to work with some of the best public-health and clinical scientists in global health across the world. Their work in fields as diverse as child survival and mental health, climate change and sexual and reproductive health, has provided the foundation for a new phase in The Lancet's future.

"We are adding a fresh dimension to the The Lancet's scope. The Lancet Global Health Network is a virtual policy institute in global health, drawing together the best scientists to work on neglected but vitally important aspects of human health. The work emerging from this new "think tank" in global health will be amplified by the journal and form the basis for a comprehensive overlapping series of policy reports to assist decision makers at global institutions and in countries."

2008 reports will include:

Maternal and child undernutrition: More than a third of child deaths and more than 10% of the total global disease burden can be attributed to maternal and child undernutrition. This report, published on January 16, 2008, examines global and regional patterns of undernutrition, their consequences for health - especially in developing countries, interventions that can improve nutrition, and what can be done nationally and globally to reverse this most remediable of health predicaments.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr Richard Horton.)

HIV prevention: This report will critically review the decisive shift in emphasis that is required if the AIDS pandemic is to be controlled successfully. Conducted in collaboration with scientists at UNAIDS and academic centres worldwide, the final report will be published immediately before the International AIDS Society's HIV conference in Mexico City in August.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr Pamela Das.)

China: This report is being completed in collaboration with the China Medical Board and will look at the wide range of health system challenges facing China over the next decade. The report will be launched in Beijing after the Olympics this summer.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr William Summerskill.)

India: Conducted in alliance with leading Indian public-health scientists and policy makers, this report will examine present predicaments and future prospects for India's rapidly developing and diverse health system.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr Pamela Das.)

Pakistan: In collaboration with research centres and non-governmental organisations in Pakistan, this report will investigate the future trajectory of health reforms in this strategically important Asian state.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr Pamela Das.)

Primary Health Care: To be released in advance of the thirtieth anniversary of Alma Ata, this report will analyse community-based interventions that can improve maternal and child health, and chronic diseases.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr Jane Godsland.)

Trade and Health: This report will examine the links between international trade and health in low-income and middle-income countries, the role of global trade institutions in protecting health and the possibilities for the health community in shaping trade policy.

(Lancet Global Health Network contact: Dr Rhona MacDonald.)

The Lancet will also be publishing briefer reports updating our past work on;

Child Survival, Human Rights for Health, and Research for Health.

The launch of this new network coincides with two new Lancet initiatives. In the first, The Lancet will collaborate with the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to track global health trends. The second initiative sees The Lancet launching a joint Commission with University College London, UK, to study and report on managing the health effects of climate change. The annual Lancet-UCL Lecture in Global Health will take place in the final quarter of this year.

Notes to Editors:

In 2003, The Lancet began publishing reports specifically aimed at drawing attention to complex and intractable problems in global health, including:

2003: Child Survival.

2004: Health Systems.

2005: Newborn Survival; Chronic Diseases I.

2006: Indigenous Health; Maternal Survival; Sexual and Reproductive Health; the Mexican Health System.

2007: Child Development, Health Statistics; Adolescent Health; Health and Human Rights; Global Mental Health; Energy and Health; Who Counts?; Chronic Diseases II.

About The Lancet:

The Lancet is a weekly medical journal that publishes independent research, reviews, and opinion for an international readership. With editorial offices in London and New York, the journal's interests span all aspects of human health. The Lancet publishes The Lancet Student online and three speciality journals: The Lancet Oncology; The Lancet Neurology; and The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The Lancet Health Policy Network's publication of research and policy reports is the latest initiative in our commitment to improve health worldwide.

Contact Details:

Dr Richard Horton

richard.horton@lancet.com

Editor, The Lancet

Dr Pamela Das

pamela.das@lancet.com

Dr William Summerskill

bill.summerskill@lancet.com

Dr Jane Godsland

jane.godsland@lancet.com

Dr Rhona MacDonald

rhona.macdonald@lancet.com

Tony Kirby, Press Officer

tony.kirby@lancet.com

+44(0)20-7424-4949


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