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Global Health
December 17, 2014

Diagnosing and Treating Infections in Young Infants in Developing Countries

JAMA. 2014;312(23):2481. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16702

Health workers on the frontlines in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) are able to identify bacterial infections in most cases among young infants (those younger than 2 months), but the availability of injectable antibiotics is low, according to a report from US and UK investigators (Lee ACC et al. PLoS Med. 2014;11[10]:e1001741).

The researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the factors that limit access to medical care and antibiotics for infections among young infants in LMIC by analyzing data from 37 published studies, 46 Health Action International surveys, and 8 service provision assessments.

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