Kangaroo mother care

Kangaroo mother care

02 October 2015

The objectives of this paper are to: (1) use a 12-country analysis to explore health system bottlenecks affecting the scale-up of kangaroo mother care (KMC); (2) propose solutions to the most significant bottlenecks; and (3) outline priority actions for scale-up.

Preterm birth is now the leading cause of under-five child deaths worldwide with one million direct deaths plus approximately another million where preterm is a risk factor for neonatal deaths due to other causes. There is strong evidence that kangaroo mother care (KMC) reduces mortality among babies with birth weight
<2000 g (mostly preterm). KMC involves continuous skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding support, and promotion of early hospital discharge with follow-up.The World Health Organization has endorsed KMC for stabilised newborns in health facilities in both high-income and low-resource settings.

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Kangaroo mother care

This paper presents the results of a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions.