Addressing Critical Knowledge Gaps in Newborn Health

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Una intervención clave para reducir la mortalidad y la morbilidad asociadas con los nacimientos prematuros

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Une intervention essentielle pour réduire la mortalité et la morbidité associées à la prématurité

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Uma intervenção essencial para reduzir a mortalidade e a morbilidade associadas à prematuridade

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This brief summarizes key findings of the assessment related to the operating environment that influence the perceived coverage and quality of community-based newborn care.

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The COMBINE study evaluated a strengthened package of maternal and newborn health services within the HEP and assessed integrating management of possible serious bacterial infection at community health posts, when referral was not possible or accepted by the family.

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Commentary urges 'extreme caution' on the scale-up of antenatal corticosteroids to reduce preterm deaths in low-income settings. But does it misdirect discussion towards speculation? Join the discussion.

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Kishwar Azad and Anthony Costello emphasise maternal sepsis as a concern but cite only one trial in which dexamethasone resulted in a significant increase in fever that required antibiotic treatment compared with controls.

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Kishwar Azad and Anthony Costello raise three important questions with respect to the efficacy, safety, and the appropriate gestational age at which to give corticosteroids to patients in low-income countries.

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The Comment by Kishwar Azad and Anthony Costello opposing scale-up of antenatal corticosteroids misdirects the discussion of this topic towards speculation about differences in low-income settings.

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