Launch rewiredesign April 13, 2023

The Small Vulnerable Newborn Series Launch

Launched in Cape Town

On May 9th, 2023, Cape Town in South Africa hosted the launch of the five-article Lancet Series on small and vulnerable newborns.

Online and in-person, experts unpacked the new Series and discussed the evidence-based interventions that, if fully implemented, would enhance the survival and health of small vulnerable newborns and benefit babies, mothers, and society.  

Explore the Series and become part of the conversation to improve the health of newborns worldwide.


Date:  The launch has passed. Thank you to all speakers and attendees. 
Start time:
17:30 RSA // 15.30 UTC
End time: 19:00 RSA // 17.00 UTC

Moderator: Ms. Rhobhi Matinyi, Director, Health Systems Strengthening, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Kenya

  • Dr. Kate McIntosh, Senior Editor, the Lancet Global Health
  • Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-chief, the Lancet (by video)
  • Ms. Rhobhi Matinyi, Director, Health Systems Strengthening, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Kenya
  • Dr. Md. Jahurul Islam, Deputy Program Manager, Newborn Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh
  • Ms. Ashley Muteti, Founder, Zuri Nzilani Foundation, Kenya
  • Dr. Olufemi Oladapo, Head, Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit, World Health Organization, Switzerland
  • Dr. Anne Beatrice Kihara, President-elect, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Senior Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Laura Lamberti, Deputy Director, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Discovery & Tools, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Dr. Mihretab Salasibew, Director, Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation team, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, UK
  • Dr. Kate McIntosh, Senior Editor, the Lancet Global Health


Photo of speaker Per Ashorn
Prof. Ashorn is a specialist medical doctor in paediatrics and paediatrics infectious diseases.

Prof. Per Ashorn

Professor of Paediatrics at Tampere University, Finland

photo of the speaker Joy Lawn
Prof. Lawn is a paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist with 30 years’ experience notably in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof. Joy Lawn

Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology,
at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Hunter has investigated infection during pregnancy and how cells and proteins in the cervix protect the fetus and prevent preterm birth.

Dr. Patricia Hunter

Research Associate at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UK

photo of the speaker Justus
Dr. Hofmeyr is an expert in research to improve pregnancy outcomes for women in low-resource settings.

Dr. Justus Hofmeyr

Professor at University of Botswana

Dr. Mohiddin has over 20 years experience building expertise in maternal, children and young people’s public health, and SRHR.

Dr. Abdu Mohiddin

Public Health Physician-Scientist and Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University

Launch of the Series

Preventing Small Vulnerable Newborns


Lancet SVN Series Papers

The Series Launch in Photos