Better maternal nutrition will improve maternal and newborn outcomes and facilitate achievement of a continuum of good nutrition.
Evidence for life-saving nutrition interventions. A global review of the literature funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and completed by Martorell et al.  synthesized the evidence for improving balanced protein and energy intake and increasing uptake of iron/folic acid and calcium supplements to address maternal and perinatal nutrition and health outcomes. New data are emerging for other interventions.
Maternal nutrition interventions scaled up to 90% coverage could save the lives of about 102,000 children under 5 years of age per year at a cost of $571 per life year saved,  These interventions include:
In the future, the largest number of maternal deaths are expected to decline with improved family planning, higher education, and better nutrition, all requiring active intervention. Prevention of adolescent pregnancies is an important intervention since they account for a high proportion of adverse outcomes such as eclampsia, systemic infections, low birthweight, and preterm delivery.
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