Project ID: INDIGO-POJ-0015
Stage of development: Implementation
Policy sector: Health
Date outcomes contract signed: Dec 2018
Start date of service provision: Feb 2019
The project will be implemented across five regions in Cameroon targeting low birth weight (LBW) or preterm newborns. Those regions were chosen based on needs (i.e. newborn mortality rate level) and volume of infants admitted in hospitals.
The KMC DIB’s objective was to identify a path to scale for and expand quality KMC to five regions in Cameroon to reduce infant mortality levels. Kangaroo Mother Care is a proven and globally recommended health practice for babies born early or small, which involves holding the baby skin-to-skin on the mothers or other caregivers chest, ideally feeding them only breastmilk, minimising time in hospital and having close follow-up of the mother and baby once they return home. It aimed to achieve this in two ways: 1. Roll out KMC in 10 hospitals across five regions in Cameroon, with the ultimate outcome of significant and verifiable improvements in LBW infant health. Intermediate outcomes include extended periods of skin-to-skin care for LBW and pre-term neonates, high rates of exclusive breastfeeding, and above-average weight gain by 40 weeks gestational age. 2. Integrate high-quality KMC into Cameroon’s public healthcare system to ensure the DIB investment’s long-term sustainability, including further expansion to hospitals nationwide.
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