Action Medical Research welcomes the report by the Fabian Society looking at the issues around low birth weight babies.
Commenting on the report, Andrew Proctor, Communications Director said:
“One of the main reasons for low birth weight is premature birth, which leads to poorer health outcomes for babies. Premature birth is also the biggest killer of babies under one year old.
Over the past year, Action Medical Research has been calling on the Government to do more to prioritise research into premature birth, to improve the health of babies across the UK and hope that that this report leads to a fundamental re-evaluation of this pressing national emergency.”
Notes to editors
Action Medical Research is a national charity, which is dedicated to building a healthier future for everyone. The Charity is funding research into many serious diseases and conditions, including premature birth, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, osteoporosis, sickle cell disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
Action Medical Research has been making breakthroughs for over 50 years, and its life-saving work benefits babies, children and adults. The Charity’s successes include helping develop the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, the hip replacement operation, and discovering the link between taking folic acid and preventing spina bifida. www.action.org.uk
Touching Tiny Lives is Action Medical Research’s new campaign to give the most vulnerable babies in this country a better start in life. More research is needed to ensure that all babies, especially babies born prematurely, grow up healthy. Touching Tiny Lives aims to raise £3 million to help fund a range of vital research. www.action.org.uk/ttl
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