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PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker - Reducing newborn mortality in rural Pakistan: a cluster randomized trial of a newborn survival kit
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Learning and development; Research and Collaboration; Health Promotion; Family Health
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker
Format: In Person; Webinar

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Newborn mortality rates are higher in Pakistan than in any other South Asian country and have remained stagnant for the last three decades. We aimed to assess the effect of delivering an integrated newborn survival kit to pregnant women, on neonatal mortality and infection using a community-based, cluster randomized, open-label controlled intervention trial in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan. In the intervention group, lady health workers (LHWs) delivered the newborn survival kit to pregnant women during their third trimester. The kit contained a clean delivery kit, sunflower oil emollient, chlorhexidine, ThermoSpotTM, Mylar infant sleeve, and a reusable instant heat pack. LHWs were also provided with a hand-held electric weighing scale. The delivery of an integrated newborn survival kit was effective at reducing cord infection and demonstrated strong potential for reducing neonatal mortality. Further studies are needed to investigate the kit’s effect in the absence of frequent data collection visits.

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Presenters: Dr. Shaun Morris and Dr. Lisa Pell

Dr. Shaun Morris is a Clinician-Scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases and a Scientist-Track investigator in the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children. Shaun is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and is cross-appointed to the Division of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His current research focus is childhood mortality and morbidity from infectious diseases both globally and in Canada. 

Dr. Lisa Pell is a Senior Research Associate and Program Director for the Global Child Health Fellowship at the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children. In her role as Senior Research Associate, Lisa manages all research-related activities for a large research portfolio that focuses on reducing global childhood mortality and morbidity.


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