KMC Saves One More Life

Baby Fatema and her mother Sufia
Save the Children
On December 6, 2018, 12-day old Fatema from Batiaghata in Khulna, was admitted to Khulna Shishu Hospital with respiratory distress and hypothermia. Her birth weight was only 1.5 kgs. After her condition was made stable by the doctors present, the baby was referred to the hospital’s newly opened Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Unit.

In Bangladesh, 30% of newborn deaths are due to complications of prematurity, and among them, two-thirds are preventable. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) as routine care for preterm (born before 37 weeks) and low birth weight (below 2000 gram) babies which refers to the practice of providing continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin contact between mother or caregiver and baby with ensured exclusive breast feeding. KMC provides protection from infection, helps in regulating temperature, breathing and reduces mortality and morbidity in preterm and low birth weight babies.