DoH launches team to tackle infant mortality

The DoH has announced the launch of a National Support Team that will offer guidance to help PCTs tackle infant mortality.

The team will visit 43 areas across England with the highest rates of infant mortality to deliver intensive four-day programmes of interviews and workshops tailored to the local needs.

The teams will look to tackle maternal obesity, smoking, teenage pregnancy rates, as well as housing and child poverty issues.

Speaking at the launch of the support teams in central London yesterday, public health minister Dawn Primarolo, said that it was important to offer help to children in their early years as this period was decisive in influencing their short and long-term health outcomes.

The team has already visited Milton Keynes, Leeds, Bristol, Kirklees, Yorkshire, and Brent, north London, and 11 more visits are planned for 2009.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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