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Newborn Vitamin A Dosing and Early Infant Survival: Current Evidence and Controversy

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The recommendation that vitamin A supplementation to newborn infants be included as a strategy for reducing early infant mortality in Asian populations in the recent “What Works?” article in the Lancet series on maternal and child undernutrition has generated significant controversy regarding the strength of evidence to support this approach.1 Both sides of this controversy have been voiced in letters to the editor, including one by an author of the Lancet paper, and editorials in leading journals accompanying the most recent results from trials. The World Health Organization is currently conducting a meta-analysis of the effects of vitamin A supplementation in the first six months of life, but these results have yet to be published in the peer-reviewed literature and are inaccessible to the scientific and program communities.2 Here, we provide a context for these discussions in the scientific literature and a summary of the available, peer-reviewed evidence.

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Year 2008
Authors James M. Tielsch
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/AQMD1921
DOI Number 10.52439/AQMD1921
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