An Exploration of the Knowledge of Healthcare Workers on Kangaroo Mother Care for Low-Birthweight Babies in a neonatal intensive care unit in Uganda
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
(2020). An Exploration of the Knowledge of Healthcare Workers on Kangaroo Mother Care for Low-Birthweight Babies in a neonatal intensive care unit in Uganda. The Practising Midwife, 23(2), 26-30.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_sonam/284