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June 7, 2013

Emerging SickKids Global Child Health program contributes to major Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition

Less than two months after the publication of a Series on Childhood Diarrhea and Pneumonia, SickKids’ Global Child Health (GCH) program has again made significant contributions to a major series published by The Lancet. This week's publication of The Maternal and Child Nutrition Series traces progress and findings in global maternal and child nutrition since the journal published its first such series in 2008.

A lead author on one of the four Series papers is Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, a leading expert on global child health, who is set to join SickKids GCH in July 2013. He is currently the Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, The Aga Khan University, in Karachi, Pakistan, among numerous international appointments.

In his paper “Evidence-based interventions for improvement of maternal and child nutrition: what can be done and at what cost?” Dr. Bhutta and coauthors – including SickKids GCH Chief Dr. Stan Zlotkin and researchers Michelle Gaffey, Lindsey Lenters, Kerri Wazny and Ceilidh MacPhail– identify 10 evidence-based interventions, including micronutrient supplementation, the promotion of breastfeeding, and the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition. The paper also places emphasis on delivery strategies and the associated costs.  

Further SickKids GCH involvement in this paper includes the authorship of companion papers by members of the Nutrition Interventions Review Group, as well as support and facilitation provided by the Programme for Global Paediatric Research (PGPR).

The other three papers in the Series cover:

View the Executive Summary.