Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Millions of babies' lives could be saved

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Simple solutions for fighting infant mortality:

"Simple, inexpensive treatments could prevent the deaths of three million babies every year, doctors and child advocates have announced.

According to studies published in the medical journal The Lancet1-4, each year four million babies under a month old die, and three-quarters of them die in the first week of life. But the research shows that most could be saved through 16 basic interventions, such as encouraging mothers to breast-feed and providing antibiotics for sick babies. "

Also from Nature some more good news, with kudos to the WHO and UNICEF: Measle death toll plummets:

The WHO and UNICEF are confident that they will hit their target of reducing measles deaths to fewer than 440,000 by the end of this year. A panel of experts will meet soon to set a new goal for the initiative.

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