In Bangladesh, Every Preemie—SCALE is working with the Projahnmo Research Group on implementation research titled Development and Validation of Measures and Statistical Models to Improve Estimation of Gestational Age before Birth in Low Income Settings.
Determining gestational age (the number of weeks into pregnancy) is difficult in low-income countries due to the inaccuracy of recalling the date of last menstrual period and lack of access to ultrasonography. Because of the critical need for an affordable, appropriate, and accurate method for determination of gestational age, this study aims to create and test the validity of simple measures and statistical models to assess gestational age before birth. This could rapidly improve the availability and coverage of more accurate gestational age determination to guide clinical care (e.g., antenatal corticosteroids, antibiotics, magnesium sulfate, management of obstetrical complications, kangaroo mother care, and referral need) where resources are limited. The measurements done in this study simply require a measuring tape and weight scale.