In hospitals like Zeweditu in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, incubators are rare. And when they are available, the electricity supply isn’t reliable enough to keep them running.
The MSF maternity centre at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital has forty-two beds, ten of them in the NICU and five for the kangaroo unit.
First Embrace highlights early essential newborn care (EENC) – a package of actions and interventions that address the most common causes of newborn death or disease, such as prematurity (being born too soon), low birth weight and severe infection.
Hospitals in Rwanda have adapted to the Kangaroo Mother Care system and this has helped save lives.
Bill and Melinda Gates argue — and research backs them up — that the world could save about 2 million newborns every year through a variety of low-cost interventions.
The hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit hosted a two-week Kangaroo-a-thon to encourage more of the skin-to-skin contact.
Recent statistics shows that at least 13 percent of born babies in Tanzania are born with low birth weight which contributes to the infant’s deaths by 86 percent.
Exposure to fluctuating temperature and changing weather conditions can be hazardous to the health of babies. Experts say `Kangaroo Care’ is the best technique to maintain normal body temperature of kids.
Experts from World Health Organisation (WHO) and Saving Newborn Lives initiative of Save the Children have recommended the following actions for proper postnatal care.
“There is tremendous opportunity and we know what needs to be done to ensure every Ethiopian mother and her baby have a healthy start,” Gary L. Darmstadt (MD), Lancet Series author and senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says.