Community initiated Kangaroo Mother CareĀ 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.

India, Haryana
In-country research partner
Society for Applied Studies, India
Study population
8,402 babies
Study type
Randomized evaluation
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.