INTERGROWTH-21st, an international study led by researchers at Oxford University, published its first results paper of the project, which proves the previously held belief that size and growth of babies differ due to ethnicity and race is not true.
Fetal growth and birthlength are incredibly similar when babies are born to well-nourished, well-educated mothers—despite diverse ethnic and genetic backgrounds.
Read The Lancet article here.
The Every Newborn Action Plan, in conjunction with Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality, was endorsed on May 24th, 2014 by all 194 member states of the 67th World Health Assembly. The action plan hopes to address the 2.9 million newborn deaths and 2.6 million stillbirths each year, which are largely preventable.
Along with five strategic objectives for preventing newborn deaths, the action plan includes new fetal growth standards developed by INTERGROWTH-21st. Learn more about those standards here.
In November 2013, PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) called for submissions to Year 3 of the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. We have now launched the Year 3 Collection, which includes 10 research articles recently published by PLOS.
You can still submit a paper for this collection by going through the PLOS Medicine sumbission manager.
As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? Learn more about the targets by reading the communiqué from the Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) working group or watching an archived webinar.
Join the conversation on our blog or submit a comment on the how the goals would affect your country. Feedback will be presented at an upcoming meeting of the EPMM working group.