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JSI India Co-hosts National Kangaroo Mother Care Workshop

August 7, 2017

Kangaroo mother care (KMC), a simple, low-resource technique developed in 1974 in Colombia, is proven to reduce newborn deaths, especially for those who are premature or underweight. KMC facilitates bonding with the caregiver and breast feeding, reduced infection and rapid weight gain, and positively affects newborns' brain and emotional development.

On August 10, 2017, JSI India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will host a national panel discussion, “Kangaroo Mother Care: High on Evidence, Low on Reach” from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (New Delhi) to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing KMC programs in public and private health facilities. The panel will include representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, state governments, professional bodies, private sector, implementing and development partners, and academia.

The Government of India has committed to scaling up KMC activities across all newborn care facilities of the country, particularly those with functional sick newborn care units. JSI India has been an active member of a technical advisory group formed in 2017 under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to help prepare standardized training and reporting tools for the planned scale-up.

Visit the Vriddhi website to learn how JSI India is supporting the Government of India’s efforts to improve newborn and child survival.