Anthropometric measurements: Options for identifying low birth weight newborns in Kumasi, Ghana

Easmon Otupiri, Priscilla Wobil, Samuel Blay Nguah, Michelle J. Hindin

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Background: In Ghana, 32% of deliveries take place outside a health facility, and birth weight is not measured. Low birth weight (LBW) newborns who are at increased risk of death and disability, are not identified; 13%-14% of newborns in Ghana are LBW. We aimed at determining whether alternative anthropometrics could be used to identify LBW newborns when weighing scales are not available to measure birth weight. Methods: We studied 973 mother and newborn pairs at the Komfo Anokye Teaching and the Suntreso Government hospitals between November 2011 and October 2012. We used standard techniques to record anthropometric measurements of newborns within 24 hours of birth; low birth weight was defined as birth weight

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere106712
JournalPLoS One
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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low birth weight
Low Birth Weight Infant
Weighing
anthropometric measurements
Teaching
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Health
Newborn Infant
Birth Weight
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Health Facilities
weighing devices
Mothers
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Parturition
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Anthropometric measurements : Options for identifying low birth weight newborns in Kumasi, Ghana. / Otupiri, Easmon; Wobil, Priscilla; Nguah, Samuel Blay; Hindin, Michelle J.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 9, No. 9, e106712, 2014.

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Otupiri, Easmon ; Wobil, Priscilla ; Nguah, Samuel Blay ; Hindin, Michelle J. / Anthropometric measurements : Options for identifying low birth weight newborns in Kumasi, Ghana. In: PLoS One. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 9.
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