Observed International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

Improving Newborn Survival, a Save the Children project funded by Johnson & Johnson to help reduce neonatal mortality in Bangladesh, marked International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day on May 15 in supported heath facilities by highlighting the consequences of premature and low birth weight (LBW) newborns and how Kangaroo Mother Care...

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Low birth weight: will the new estimates accelerate progress?

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here Birth weight is an important gauge of maternal and fetal health as well as an important determinant of perinatal, neonatal and postneonatal outcomes. Approximately 80% of newborns who die every year are low birth weight (LBW), under 2500 g,...

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Lessons on this Kangaroo Mother Care Day

This blog was originally posted in The Observer on May 15, 2019. Saidah, a mother of twins who were born preterm, would never have imagined that such tiny babies weighing 1.2 and 1.6 kilogrammes would survive. It was a first experience for her. She was, however, surprised that as time...

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Starting Small As An Example of Successful KMC Scale-Up

Today we celebrate the International Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Day to promote this life saving, technically feasible and cost effective intervention for low birthweight and premature babies. Below, Goldy Mazia, Senior Newborn Health Advisor for Save the Children reflects on her experience with Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in the Dominican...

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