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SEARCH’s HBNC trial: towards a broader debate on the ethics of social intervention research

Sunita V S Bandewar, T A John

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2011.032


Abstract

The SEARCH home-based neonatal care (HBNC) trial generated a heated debate amongst health activists, researchers and demographers in India upon its publication in the Lancet in 1999. More than a decade after the Lancet article, a new debate has been sparked, this time on the ethics of the study. Against this backdrop, we identify three key questions which require in-depth discussion.

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