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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, publish
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