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Changes needed to prevent child deaths.

Research aimed at preventing the estimated 10 million yearly child deaths worldwide is not aimed in the right direction, according to analyses in the February AJPH.

Researchers looked at grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation between 2000 and 2004 on child mortality causes. They found that most grants were for developing new technologies, which would reduce child deaths by an estimated 22 percent. However, researchers found that if current medical technologies were fully used, child deaths could be reduced by much more. Three percent of child mortality grants went to research on health delivery and utilization.

"On the one hand, the benefits that have accrued from past investments in health technology research are clear," the authors wrote. "Future investments will continue to bear fruit, and it is critical that such investments continue."

Yet a failure to "invest in research on delivery and implementation" would likely prevent only one-fifth of yearly child deaths, they wrote. (Page 219)
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Title Annotation:JOURNAL WATCH: Highlights from the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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