Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 8th 2014 Contents "There are implications in terms of the way we think
about public health: This is about the health and life
chances of future citizens everywhere on the planet,"
says Bhutta. "All those who are responsible for health
care will have to think about providing the best possible
maternal and child health."
The study was published in the journal The Lancet.
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A landmark international study tracked almost
60,000 pregnancies from a diverse selection of coun-
tries that included Brazil, China, India, Italy, Kenya,
Oman, the UK and the USA. They found that the
babies were overwhelmingly similar in size under the
condition that they were born to well-educated moth-
ers in good health who ate well during pregnancy.
This means the global disparity in baby size reflects
the health and wealth gaps, rather than race and ethnicity
as previously thought.
"Currently we are not all equal at birth. But we can
be," says lead author Prof Jose Villar of the Nuffield
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University
of Oxford. "We can create a similar start for all by
making sure mothers are well educated and nourished,
by treating infection and by providing adequate antenatal
The unprecedented scale of the project, which involved
the recruitment of almost 60,000 women, standardising
clinical practices and equipment of 300 health profes-
sionals across eight study sites and a team of more
than 200 researchers and clinicians, brought passionate
reactions from those involved.
"Don t tell us nothing can be done," says Villar. "Don t
say that women in some parts of the world have small
children because they are predestined to do so. It s
simply not true."
Using exactly the same technology in all countries,
researchers measured babies bone growth in the womb
by means of ultrasound and found striking similarities
across racial and ethnic groups, but within the well-
educated, healthy circles.
The mean length at birth of the newborns was 49.4
± 1.9 cm. Researchers concluded that only four per
cent of size disparities could be accounted for due to
race and ethnicity. According to the study the diversity
of the many growth charts---more than 100 of them---
used to track newborns the world over is a problem,
and needs to be standardised like the one for children.
"This is very confusing for doctors and mothers and
makes no biological sense," says Prof Stephen Kennedy,
University of Oxford, one of the senior authors of the
paper. "How can a foetus or a newborn be judged small
in one clinic or hospital and treated accordingly, only
for the mother to go to another city or country, and
be told that her baby is growing normally?"
This study, called the INTERGROWTH-21st, was
inspired by a similar study by the World Health Organ-
isation, called the Multicentre Growth Reference Study,
which standardised the growth charts for children now
used in 140 countries.
The INTERGROWTH-21st study, led by a team of
researchers from Oxford University, now aims to set
the standard for foetal growth and newborn size accord-
ing to proper health and nutrition on the part of the
"Just think, if your cholesterol or your blood pressure
are high, they are high regardless of where you live.
Why should the same not apply to growth?" says Pro-
Researchers have high hopes that the surprising
results of their study will encourage better maternal
health on a global level.
"The fact that when mothers are in good health,
babies grow in the womb in very similar ways the world
over is a tremendously positive message of hope for all
women and their families," says Professor Zulfiqar
Bhutta, from The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada,
who is the Chair of the Steering Committee of this
global research team.
With projects already underway such as Maternal
Alliance for Mobile Action (MAMA), which telecom-
municates healthcare advice to moms and moms to be
in countries such as Bangladesh with reduced access
but high mobile phone consumption, it s possible that
change could come about quickly in some places.
According to Bhutta, communication is only half the
battle, and the real challenge lies in changing the beliefs
and habits among health professionals.
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