Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Infant Deaths Drop After Midwives Undergo Inexpensive Training

According to an article in the New York Times, a study published in the journal of Pediatrics has shown that a small pilot project that focused on training midwives in Zambia program was cost-effective and saved approximately 97 infants at a cost of $208 per life. Midwives at 18 Zambian clinics were taught a basic course in newborn care and covered simple interventions like cleaning and warming a newborn.

The study was paid for by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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