Improving the Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Low-Birthweight Infants
Nutrition in the first 1000 days, is a subject discussed widely. Therefore NNI dedicated a workshop to this important topic. Three renown chairs, Prof. Z. Bhutta, Prof J. Bhatia, Prof. S. Kalhan established an outstanding scientific review. Most importantly, it was highlighted that prevention actually has to start before pregnancy, i.e. with the health of adolescent girls, being in childbearing age, throughout pregnancy and lactation. Overall the importance of appropriate diets during this critical period of high plasticity have been reviewed during the workshop. Finally, it was emphasized that the economic burden of low birth weight and later consequences, such as low education and reduced labour capacity, as well as the elevated risk of metabolic diseases later in life should drive the public health agenda.