Project: Conference on Interventions to Prevent Low Birth Weights
Award Year: 2000
Amount of award, fiscal 2000: $30,000.00
Institution: Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project provides support for an international research conference on interventions to prevent low birth weights. Research on USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has demonstrated its importance and cost effectiveness in successfully reducing low birth weight outcomes.

Low birth weight is associated with increased rates of death and disability in childhood and also with increased rates of premature death and ill health from cardiovascular disease and diabetes in adult life. Yet, there is no consensus on how to intervene at different states in order to prevent low birthweight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, UNICEF, and the World Bank decided to convene a consultation among specialists on scientific issues and programs to galvanize interest and support the development of interventions to reduce low birthweight, particularly in developing countries though drawing on the experience gained in the U.S.

Topic: Conferences and Workshops, Nutrition-Related Health Outcomes