The nine-article special issue, titled Newborn Health in Uganda, details results of a community randomized trial, the Uganda Newborn Study (UNEST), which evaluated an integrated care package linking homes, clinics and hospitals and involving visits during pregnancy and the postnatal period at home by a designated member of the village health team. The UNEST results demonstrate that these home visits in pregnancy and soon after delivery were possible to achieve, and that life-saving behaviors could be improved by this interaction. UNEST was influenced by the previously published neonatal survival series in the Lancet which identified cost-effective interventions that could prevent the majority of deaths in the newborn period.


  1. Darmstadt, G. L., Kinney, M. V., Chopra, M., Cousens, S., Kak, L., Paul, V. K., ... & Lancet Every Newborn Study Group. (2014). Who has been caring for the baby?. The Lancet, 384(9938), 174-188.
  2. Lawn, J. E., Blencowe, H., Oza, S., You, D., Lee, A. C., Waiswa, P., ... & Lancet Every Newborn Study Group. (2014). Every Newborn: progress, priorities, and potential beyond survival. The Lancet, 384(9938), 189-205.
  3. Bhutta, Z. A., Das, J. K., Bahl, R., Lawn, J. E., Salam, R. A., Paul, V. K., ... & Lancet Every Newborn Study Group. (2014). Can available interventions end preventable deaths in mothers, newborn babies, and stillbirths, and at what cost?. The Lancet, 384(9940), 347-370.