Health Research Program

Focus Area: Newborn Health

Focus Areas: Newborn Health

Possible serious bacterial infections (PSBI), or sepsis, accounts for 23 percent of newborn deaths in low and middle income countries.1,2  The “gold standard” treatment – hospitalization and 7-10 days of injectable antibiotics  –  is often not feasible in low resource settings. In 2007, the Health Research Program and partners convened a global consultation  to review evidence on home-based therapies for PSBI treatment. Experts determined there was insufficient evidence to recommend home-based treatment and that further research was needed.