Low birth weight: will the new estimates accelerate progress?

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here Birth weight is an important gauge of maternal and fetal health as well as an important determinant of perinatal, neonatal and postneonatal outcomes. Approximately 80% of newborns who die every year are low birth weight (LBW), under 2500 g,...

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Early total enteral feeding – An effective intervention to improve outcomes in very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates in resource limited settings

Early appropriate nutrition and infection prevention are vital for the survival of a preterm infant. These issues are interconnected when delayed enteral feeds leads to intravenous intervention, which can result in infection. For example, a very-low-birthweight (VLBW) neonate might have the establishment of enteral feeds delayed for several days due...

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Equitable access to human milk: A vital solution that lacks global standards

Access to safe blood and blood products has long been considered an essential part of effective health care systems. Identified as a crucial part of life-saving treatments and therapies, a global regulatory framework and supportive programs exist to ensure high standards for collection, safety, storage, and appropriate and ethical use...

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Improving breastfeeding practices at scale

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here This comment is in response to a journal article published in The Lancet Global Health here. Early initiation of and exclusive and continued breastfeeding are among the most effective interventions to reduce infant and child morbidity and mortality. These...

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