New Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research – Issue 7

We are pleased to release Issue 7 of our bi-monthly Abstract Digest on maternal and child nutrition. This issue features interesting publications examining nutrition from both a biological and political lens, in India and beyond. Highlights include:

Abstract Digest-Issue 07
Abstract Digest-Issue 07
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  • A special open-access issue of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences on integrating nutrition and early childhood development interventions
  • Two articles from Advances in Nutrition discussing 1) how nutrition research can become more useful in informing global nutrition guidelines (Stoltzfus 2014), and 2) arguing for the need to develop implementation science to enable stronger delivery of adequate nutrition to those in need (Habicht and Pelto 2014).
  • One study in Bio Medical Education identifying gaps in South Asian postgraduate nutrition programs to build capacity to address the current public health nutrition challenges (Khandelwal et al. 2014).
  • Two reviews, one providing an overview of the evidence-base for nutritional deficits in early life and greater risk for non-communicable diseases in later life (Langley-Evans 2014) and the other recommending investments in improving maternal autonomy to improve child nutritional status (Carlson et al. 2014).
  • Several articles focusing specifically on malnutrition in India, including on determinants of anemia (Anand 2013), vitamin A programming in India and its reach (Aguayo 2014), and management of severe acute malnutrition (Singh et al. 2014; Kumar et al. 2013).

 

POSHAN’s Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research – Issue 6

Aaganwadi centre (Photographer Aishwarya Pillai)
Aaganwadi centre (Photographer Aishwarya Pillai)

As we wrap up 2013, we are pleased to release the sixth issue of our bi-monthly Abstract Digest on maternal and child nutrition, the last issue for this year. This issue features interesting publications examining nutrition from both a biological and political lens, in India and beyond.

An India-based study in The Lancet highlights regional differences in neonatal and under-five mortality; the study highlights how several districts are on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 as early as 2015, while several others may not achieve it until 2023.

A BioMed Central Public Health study examines whether high parity is associated with lower coverage of key health interventions that might lead to increased mortality. The study identifies a significant relationship between coverage of maternal and child health services and birth order, offering a potential explanation for the association between higher parity and child mortality.

Using birth cohorts from 5 countries, a study from the Journal of Pediatrics examines the relationship between maternal height and child growth, concluding the strongest associations with conditional heights for adulthood and 2 years of age. The study confirms that maternal height influences linear growth of children over the growing period.

Of two studies focusing on the political context of maternal health in India, one, featured in Science Direct, uses evidence from two South Indian states to identify three key factors that shape health policy and its implementation: consistent political priorities, policy entrepreneurship, and strong public health system administration.

Thank you for your interest in the POSHAN Abstract Digest. Please feel free to share this digest with others, and engage in discussions with us on our Facebook page! We wish you and your families a very happy new year and we look forward to sharing highlights of maternal and child nutrition publications in 2014.

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POSHAN’s Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research – Issue 5

We are pleased to release the fifth issue of our bi-monthly abstract digest, featuring two special, open-access supplements, a series of thought-provoking commentaries published by Economic and Political Weekly and papers relating to maternal and child nutrition in India and throughout the world.

Source: Rasmi Avula/IFPRI
Source: Rasmi Avula/IFPRI

One of the featured open-access supplements, a special issue of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin, focuses on designing large-scale programs to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in Asia and Africa with methods and lessons from Alive and Thrive.

This issue also highlights findings from studies examining infant feeding and school attainment, the co-administration of folic acid tablets and vitamin B12 and its implications for the incidence of persistent diarrhea in children and critical socio-economic factors in obtaining full immunization coverage in India.

We would also like to announce a call for papers on implementation research from the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition.  The editorial board plans to launch the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in South Africa in September 2014.

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We hope you enjoy this issue of POSHAN’s abstract digest on maternal and child nutrition.  Please feel free to share this digest with others, and engage in discussions with us on our Facebook page!
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POSHAN’s Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research-Issue 4

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POSHAN releases the fourth issue of the Abstract Digest! This issue highlights the following new nutrition research:

-The recently-released Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition that revisits the global burden of maternal and child nutrition after the last Series was published 5 years ago. The Series updates the contribution of undernutrition to child morbidity and mortality, highlights the roles of nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions, and provides insights into issues related to the political economy of nutrition.

- Three multi-country studies on the importance of preterm and small-for-gestational age on the risk of mortality and linear growth beyond the neonatal period.

-Three systematic reviews, one on the effect of daily iron supplementation among 4-23 months children on anemia, another on the benefits of WASH interventions on linear growth among children under five, and the third on the role of RUTF in relation to severe acute malnutrition.

-Several individual studies on nutrition in India, and other interesting pieces of research.

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POSHAN’s abstract digest on maternal and child nutrition research – Issue 3

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We are happy to announce a new editor for our POSHAN Abstract Digest, Dr. Rasmi Avula. Reviewing new and noteworthy studies on nutrition, this issue features a special issue of the Lancet on childhood pneumonia and diarrhea that updates severe disease and mortality estimates, examines cost estimates of effective interventions, and programmatic barriers to reduction of these two illnesses. In addition, the issue covers a variety of publications on vaccinations and nutrition; two studies illustrate the role of civil society organizations in achieving the goals of improved vaccination coverage -- one using multi-country case studies and another discussing the role of self-help groups in eradicating polio in Uttar Pradesh. The publications on nutrition highlight the importance of infant and young child feeding for child growth outcomes and provide evidence for how health workers can play a role in improving them. The findings from a multi-country study suggest that in addition to the critical 1000-day window for addressing undernutrition, adolescence presents another opportunity for interventions to improve nutrition into adulthood.

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