For babies born in low-resource settings,
birthweight can mean everything.
Weighting scales are a key component to provide basic health coverage for newborn babies and infants. Low birth weight has been recognized as a key determinant of health outcomes and the single most important factor which impacts neonatal mortality.
" On an individual basis, low birthweight is an important predictor of health; effort must therefore go into measuring it as accurately as possible at birth and organizing and planning infant care accordingly. "
- WHO 2004
HOW CAN YOUTREAT IT ? IF YOU CANNOT MEASURE IT!
While the effects of low birthweight have been studied extensively in industrialised countries, less developed coutries still lack the tools to reliably and accurately obtain and track these measurements. Even when weighted at birth, measurements taken in low-resource settings are not always accurate, recorded or tabulated correctly.
The use of weighting calibrated scales to determine birthweight is therefore critical to guarantee appropriate dosing of life-saving medication, monitoring of growth and prescribing of nutritional plans.
Dosing of life-saving medications
such as antimalarials, antibiotics and anti-retrovirals relies on the accurate measurement of bodyweight. This measurement is particularly important in infants, where the risks of under-dosing, leading to drug toxicity and adverse effects are most critical.
Monitoring a baby's growth
starts with establishing weight at birth. Subsequent examinations to assist in diagnosing complications, diseases and growth patterns rely on highly accurate measurements of weight.