The Potential of Birth Weight as a Managing for Development Results (MfDR) Prospective Outcome Measure of Health Systems and Development
The UN Secretary General’s ‘Global Strategy for Women and Children's’ Health’ has focused aid investments on intergenerational health.
Birth weights put a health system indicator at the centre of economic development .
UNICEF advocates a strong equity-focused approach to ‘Narrowing the Gaps to meet the (Millennium Development) Goals’.
Low birth weights measure inequities, and gaps among disadvantaged groups (e.g. people living with HIV/TB or ethnic minorities) in disadvantaged areas (e.g. climatic or toxic threats).
The gaps are where the health systems and economic development needs are greatest ― but where MDG Target 17 ‘Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel’ is lowest ― where skilled health personnel are fewest.