List of 56 best interventions will help to reduce maternal and child deaths

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 16 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8211
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

A study has identified 56 essential interventions which are most likely to improve the health and safety of mothers, infants, and young children and help countries to meet Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

The list of evidence based interventions includes screening and treating pregnant women for anaemia and hypertension, preventing and managing post-partum haemorrhage, immediate thermal care for newborns, and antibiotics for the treatment of pneumonia in children.

Every year 358 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth and 7.6 million children die before the age of 5, says the …

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