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Newborn Vitamin A Dosing is Feasible in Bangladesh

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Newborn vitamin A supplementation (NVAS) may be a promising new intervention in contexts with moderate to
severe maternal vitamin A defi ciency in South Asia. We tested the feasibility of integrating NVAS into two existing health contact points under existing health services in Bangladesh. After five months of  implementation, NVAS was delivered to 54.7% and 44.1% of newborns within 30 days of life. Including NVAS as part of postnatal services appeared to signifi cantly increase postnatal visits twofold in both models.  NVAS was well tolerated by infants, achieved reasonably  high coverage, was easily integrated into existing health service
delivery contacts within a fi ve-month implementation time span, and increased postnatal visit coverage dates.NVAS is a promising new intervention that is feasible in Bangladesh where a high proportion of births take place in the home. Further improvements are needed, however, to reach a higher proportion of newborns within the first two days of life.

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Year 2014
Authors Rolf Klemm, Kaushik S, Lesley Oot, Mary Kate Charles Mary Kate Charles, Zeba Mahmud
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/UIDX8196
DOI Number 10.52439/UIDX8196
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