Many parents with children affected by newborn
screening conditions advocate in their home states for an expanded newborn
screening panel as well as improved services.
Treating these babies closer to home with fewer injections will expand access to life saving treatment for these newborns
, which is critical where hospital care is not always available," said Abdullah Baqui, MBBS, DrPH, MPH, a professor in the Department of International Health and Director of the International Center for Maternal and Newborn
Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As the health of mothers and their children are inextricably linked - biologically, socially, and through health systems - integrated care systems that use innovative approaches are desperately needed across the full range of reproductive, maternal, newborn
, and child healthcare.
The agency also evaluated the test s ability to accurately distinguish low TREC DNA numbers that would be observed in newborns
with SCID, from high TREC DNA numbers that would be present in healthy newborns
Our research shows that three million lives can be saved by 2025 if achievable interventions are scaled up to nearly universal coverage, and improving care at the time of birth gives a triple return on investment saving mothers, newborns
Speakers said that the current WHO guideline for management of newborn
infection is injectable antibiotics in a hospital.
In addition to suggesting that currently practicing doctors and nurses be offered training on how to perform newborn
circumcision and provide postsurgical care, they recommend that newborn
circumcision be incorporated into medical and nursing school curricula and that government stakeholders be educated about the potential benefits of the procedure.
Keeping this framework in mind, the concept of treatability in newborn
screening programs should also be considered from an historical perspective.
The full report, "Opportunities for Africa's Newborns
," is available from <www.
Further innovation includes newborn
screening which leads to a diagnosis of CF one year earlier on average than symptomatic detection.
The current project takes a step further in engaging national societies in programmes to improve maternal and newborn
While the number of genetic and metabolic disorders included in state newborn
screening programs ranges from 4 to 36, most states screen for 8 or fewer disorders.
Compared with women who plan to have their baby delivered in a hospital, women who intend to have their baby delivered by a professional provider at home have a greater likelihood of complications during and after labor and delivery, and their newborn
has an increased risk of compromised health.
Imagine a newborn
mammal starting life without a single breath from its lungs.
One of the most compelling such tales concerns so-called drive-through deliveries: heartless insurers kicking mothers and their newborn
infants out of hospitals, sometimes only a few hours after birth.