An Exploration of the Knowledge of Healthcare Workers on Kangaroo Mother Care for Low-Birthweight Babies in a neonatal intensive care unit in Uganda

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa


Background: Evidence shows that Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) can prevent up to half of all deaths in low-birthweight (LBW) babies compared with incubator care but implementation in Uganda is still poor.

Objectives: To explore the healthcare workers' knowledge on KMC in caring for low-birthweight babies.

Study site: A large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Uganda.

Study participants: All staff working in NICU.

Design: A quantitative approach was used.

Results: Only 12% of the participants could define KMC and 21% thought it would cause asphyxia with most saying it was too time consuming.

Conclusion and recommendations: Further education is needed for NICU Staff


The Practising Midwife