Title

Kangaroo mother care: Opportunities and implications for rural Pakistan

Document Type

Article

Department

Community Health Sciences

Abstract

Neonatal mortality comprises 40% of total under-5 mortality, globally. Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce neonatal mortality. KMC does not require highend equipment, intensive care facilities or technical knowledge. A recent meta-analysis reported that KMC may reduce neonatal mortality in preterm and low birth weight neonates up to 36%. A review of enablers and barriers of KMC suggests that KMC can be integrated in maternal health care system by giving awareness, involving family and giving ownership of the intervention to the community. If supported with minimal incentives it would reduce the cost of health care substantially, reduce patient burden on hospitals by reducing hospital stay in postnatal period. It will reduce financial burden, time strain and help eliminate social taboos regarding preterm and low birth weight neonates. Hospital and community based KMC interventions should be tested in Pakistan .

Publication

JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association

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