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IX International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)

Hello Dear “Kangaroologists”

It is our pleasure to announce that the proceedings and abstracts from the very successful “IX International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care” held in the beautiful city of Ahmedabad, in November 2012, are now available in this website.

In addition, our colleagues from Rwanda will organize the X Conference in 2014 in Kigali, and here you can also find the official first announcement.

We hope you will find these materials useful and are eager to get your comments and feedback, using the electronic tools available on this website (read more and comments).

With our best regards from Colombia,

Nathalie and Juan Gabriel





Birth Announcement forthe international Network on Kangaroo Mother Care INK

(International network in Kangaroo Mother Care)


An international meeting onthe Kangaroo Mother Technique (KMC) to care premature and low birth weight children was held in Trieste, Italy, from the 24th to 26th of October 1996. It admits 36 participants from 15 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Preliminary results froma multicenter study conducted in five countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Mexico) and the results of others observational and experimental studies were presented and discussed at this meeting. A wide range of topics on KMC were covered, since the infant's physiologic response in Kangaroo Position until the acceptability of mothers and health professionals.

All resultson the safety, efficacy and feasibility of KMC (broadly defined as: early, continuous and prolonged skinto skin contact and exclusive breast feeding) were encouraging. It was concluded that KMC is well accepted by mothers and health personnel and can reduce the cost of hospital care for newborns with low birth weight. There was consistency in the results across the different locations where the studies were conducted, including institutions and countries with very different levels of social, economic and technological development and regardless of the methodology and sample size.

These findings, combined with those of previous studies showed that KMC can reduce morbidity and improve the welfare of infants with low birth weight during their hospital stay and after release, preventing the presence of hypothermia and infection, favoring the establishment and continuation of breastfeeding and greatly increasing the ability and confidence in the mothers to take care of their babies.

Participants agreed that national andinternational health authorities should seize the KMC great potential for improving the health and survival of newborns with low birth weight, particularly in hospitals and countries with limited resources.

It was also notedthat the benefits of KMC for babies and mothers is not limited to low-income countries, it has also been demonstrated the usefulness of KMC in hospitals and countries where conventional technology is available to care for newborns with low birth weight.

The participants in themeeting defined by consensus the indications and requirements of KMC in three different models of care: Primary care in low-resource hospitals, 2nd and 3rd lever hospitals with limited resources and 2nd and 3rd level hospitals with sophisticated technology available.

Given the importance ofthese results and the need for additional research, participants in the meeting also decided to establish a network - the International Network on KMC (INK) - to promote the use of KMC in developed and developing countries, and within a broader context based on scientific and humanistic evidence about birth care and the newborn.

TheINK objectives include the dissemination of knowledge, to support the implementation of kangaroo program and knowledge sharing among researchers. The INK will also provide technical training and course training to institutions, professional associations, NGOs, national and international agencies, and associations legally constituted.

Individuals and institutionswho attended this meeting formthe initial core of the network, but new members are welcome. Individuals and groups interested are invited to contact the founders of INK. The management and the efforts of the network will initially run by four institutions (Kangaroo Foundation Bogota, Colombia; The Agency for International Health through the Instituto por l'Infanzia, Trieste, Italy; the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Maternal and Child department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA). Kangaroo Foundation initially acts as the core point.

Trieste, 29th of October 1996. Adriano Cattaneo y Giorgio Tamburlini    

List of the meeting participants:

- Geisy Lima, Instituto Materno Infantil de Pernambuco, Rua dos Coelhos 300, Boa Vista, 50070-550 Recife, PE, Brasil.

- La Marina Ferreira Rea, Instituto de Saude, Rua Santo Antonio 590, Sao Paulo 01314-000, SP, Brasil.

- Nathalie Charpak, Zita Figueroa de Calume y Juan Gabriel Ruiz, Programa Madre Canguro ISS (Instituto de Seguros Sociales de Colombia, Clinica del Niño) – World Laboratory (ONG de Suiza), Fundación Canguro, Carrera 7 N° 46-20 Apto 2001, Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia.

- Lenin Wilfrido Leon Camacho, Isidro Ayora Maternity Hospital, Quito, Ecuador.

- Bogale Worku, Departament of Pediatrics and Child Health, Ethio Swedish Hospital, PO Boxea 1768, Addis Ababa, Etiopía.

- Olivier Girard, Service de Neonatologie, Centro Hospitalier Général de Meaux, 6-8 Santo de Desilusión Fiacre, BP 218, 77108 Meaux, Francia.

- Dieter Sontheimer, Christine Fischer, Markus Sperandio y Hans Martin Bosse, Kinderklinik, University Childrens´ Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 150, D-69120 Heidelberg, Alemania.

- Shashi N. Vani, Departament of Pediatrics, B.J. Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad 380016, India.

- Achmad Surjono y Dwi Kisworo Setyowireni, Perinatal Epidemiology Agrupa, Faculty of Medicine, Dr Sardjito Hospital, Gadjah Mada University, PO Boxea 1236, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

- Ornella Lincetto, Cannaregio 2959, 30121 Venezia, Italia.

- Beatrice Dalla Barba, Dipartimento di Pediatria, Via Giustiniani 3, 35100 Padova, Italia.

- Maria Vittoria Sola, Divisione di Pediatria e Neonatologia, Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria degli Angeli, Pordenone, Italia.

- Carmen Richelli, Clinica Pediatrica e Patologia Neonatale, Policlinico Borgo Roma, Verona, Italia.

- Adriano Cattaneo, Riccardo Davanzo, Sofia Quintero Romero, Giorgio Tamburlini y Fabio Uxa, Agencia para la Salud Internacional, Istituto por l'Infanzia, Por medio de dell'Istria 65 / 1, 34137 Trieste, Italia.

- Manuel Echeverria Eguiluz, Departamento de Neonatologia, Centro Medico Nacional "El Fenix", Calle 34 x 41 ex - terreno" El Fenix", Mérida CP 97150, Yucatán, México.

- Nils Bergman, 8 Francis Camino, Pinelands 7405, Cape Town, Sudáfrica.

- Adolfo Gomez Papi y Ana Nieto Jurado, Servicio de Pediatria, Hospital Universitari de Tarragona "Joan XXIII" , Mallafré i Guasch 4, 43007 Tarragona, España.

- Francisca Montilla Pérez, Avenida da Concordia 35 2o B, 08206 Sabadell, Barcelona, España.

- Kyllike Christensson, Departament of International Health and Social Medicine, Karolinska Institue, 17177 Stockholm, Suecia.

- Berlith Persson, Director of Nursing , Departament of Paediatrics, Helsingborg Hospital, S-25187 Helsingborg, Suecia.

- Jelka Zupan, Division of Family Health, QUIEN, 1211 Ginebra 27, Suiza.

- Susan M. Ludington, school of Nursing, University of Maryland, Departament of Maternal and Child Health, 655 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-1545, EUA.

- Joan Swinth, 2177 Cascade, Richland, WA 99352, EUA.

- Gene Cranston Anderson, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4904, EUA.

- Brigitte Syfrett, Ceetified Nurse-Midwives of Toledo, The Toledo Hospital, 2142N. La Caleta Blud, Toledo, Ohio 43606, EUA.