Community initiated Kangaroo Mother Care for low birth weight infants
Published: March 10, 2022
In low- and middle-income countries, babies with low birth weight have a high risk of dying during infancy. In India 25% of babies are born too small.
This project studies whether supporting families to initiate and use Kangaroo Mother Care for small newborns at home can increase survival in the first 6 months of life.
We found that community-initiated Kangaroo Mother Care of small babies increased their survival. Taken together with other evidence synthesized by the World Health Organization, this suggests that such care should be promoted.
In-country research partner
Society for Applied Studies, India
Randomized controlled trial
2015 - 2018
Sarmila Mazumder (project leader), Sunita Taneja, Nita Bhandari, Halvor Sommerfelt, Brinda Dube, Kiran Bhatia, Runa Ghosh, Medha Shekhar, Bireshwar Sinha, Rajiv Bahl, Maharaj Kishan Bhan.