Ebola virus disease and breastfeeding: time for attention

This blog was originally published in The Lancet as a commentary here. By Mija Ververs & Akanksha Arya This year’s Global Nutrition Cluster meeting in July, 2019, offered a platform on which to discuss all nutrition-related humanitarian emergencies. Ebola virus disease (EVD) and breastfeeding in DR Congo was an obvious...

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Breastfeeding: Investing is vital to improving human capital

This blog was originally published by Nutrition International here, and is cross-posted with permission from Nutrition International and the author. I recently published a study on the “Cost of Not Breastfeeding: Global results and a new tool” in collaboration with Alive & Thrive. This study estimated the health, human capital...

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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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