Understanding the causes of preterm birth: solutions depend on context

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.1 Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,2 another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many...

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Kangaroo Mother Care: Factors influencing home KMC following hospital discharge

Infant mortality remains a major public health dilemma that disproportionally affects low-income countries.[1] In particular, the neonatal period is the most vulnerable time for an infant’s survival. India accounts for a quarter of neonatal deaths globally. An estimated 7.5 million low birth weight (LBW) babies (less than 2500 grams) are...

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Beyond Birth Weight: How Dr Hannah Blencowe is Making Every Baby Count

This blog was originally featured on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health Centre Blog here. Dr Hannah Blencowe joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) fresh out of working in Malawi as a pediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre...

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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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Lessons on this Kangaroo Mother Care Day

This blog was originally posted in The Observer on May 15, 2019. Saidah, a mother of twins who were born preterm, would never have imagined that such tiny babies weighing 1.2 and 1.6 kilogrammes would survive. It was a first experience for her. She was, however, surprised that as time...

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