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Debunking Newborn Myths

In a post for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow for the foundation’s Global Development Program, makes a case for debunking newborn myths. He writes, “We now have the opportunity to build on the extraordinary advances made in maternal and child health, and more recently in newborn health. Just as in child health, so much can be done that is simple. We have successfully busted the myth that it is inherently hard, and too difficult and expensive to do. We are armed with the knowledge to make significant improvements in the lives of newborns and families around the world. It’s time to get on with scaling up these interventions to save newborn lives around the world” (1/22).