Addressing Critical Knowledge Gaps in Newborn Health

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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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We disagree with Azad and Costello’s comment about the effect of antenatal corticosteroid treatment on respiratory distress in infants at 34 weeks’ gestation.

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Authors Kishwar Azad and Anthony Costello respond to 5 correspondence letters submitted to The Lancet the use of antenatal corticosteroids to reduce preterm deaths in low-income settings.

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Despite breastfeeding's extraordinary benefits to both mother and child, only 43 percent of the world's newborns are put to the breast within one hour of birth.

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Demand and supply-side strategies to improve maternal and newborn health care can be cost-effective, though the evidence is limited by the paucity of high quality studies and the use of disparate cost-effectiveness measures.

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Frontline Health Workers new Newborn Health Factsheet

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Most pregnant women in developing regions see a skilled health provider at least once - only half of them get the recommended four antenatal checkups.

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