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Dear Kangaroo Family   We want to thank you for being part of the last International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care. It was a pleasure to share great moments with all of you during those 4 days !   C [ ... ]


Overall Program


Kangaroo Mother Care as an evidence-based intervention: how to overcome resistance for integration into routine care of low birth weight and preterm infants at country level

Auditorium: Felix Restrepo for meeting and posters, 7 rooms, each group of 30 participants
Posters:  Implementation and dissemination of KMC at a country level
Expected participants (capacity): 300 participants
Target audience: Health professionals involved in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) implementation and dissemination un countries, health authorities and policy makers
Language: English

Click here to see the Workshop Agenda.

November 14, 2018


1. Minimum indicators to evaluate dissemination at country level (Total number of live births who are premature and LBW per year, Distribution of premature and LBW births in the country, Total number of neonatal care units (NCU’s) and neonatal intensive care units (NICU’s),Mortality rate among premature and LBW’s, Total number of hospital-based KMC programs in the country, availability of high-risk follow-up KMC clinic or KMC program and maximum age of follow-up, utilization of KMC for transport of the preterm and LBW ) and indicators of KMC quality of care

2. Integrating KMC in the working objectives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions
How could the definition of KMC and the inclusion criteria for the KMC program be standardized? What are the best strategies to support the first implementation of a KMC program and to stimulate sustainability? How does one build a set of KMC manuals that are easy to access and download?

3. KMC implementation in all the hospitals of a country
What are the best strategies for implementing KMC across a country? (What are the basic hospital needs/requirements for KMC implementation? Should levels of KMC implementation be devised to facilitate hospital level-specific adoption of KMC? How can the community participate in hospital based-KMC implementation?)

4. KMC transport
What is the most common mode of neonatal transport used in the country? What are the challenges to neonatal transport in the country? How can KMC transport be integrated into the system, as the best choice? What are the best strategies to inform and convince all primary health centers and first level hospitals on the safety and superiority of KMC for transportation? Do you have isolated areas? Did you try KMC as a mean for transportation? How to train primary health care centers and first level hospitals in KMC for transportation? Requirements? Is there any KMC training given to the paramedics who transport neonates?

5. Getting health ministries and professional associations on board
How many professional associations are/may be involved in national KMC implementation? What other government agencies need to be engaged in order for KMC to be implemented as a national program? Is there a role for academic institutions in KMC implementation? If so, which ones should be involved? What are the best strategies and needs to convince health ministries and professional associations to adopt KMC as a routine care for premature and LBW infant?

6. Establishing a system of KMC follow-up to assure safety and document benefits
Is there a national system of high-risk follow-up recommended by the health ministry and concerned professional organizations? What is the approximate compliance with these recommendations? Is there a national system of “tracking” KMC discharges and follow-up? What are the minimum requirements for this system to be adopted at country scale? What strategies may be employed for monitoring compliance to ambulatory KMC, at hospital and patient level? Is there a role for community-based high risk follow-up care of KMC discharges? What would be the risks and benefits for community-based ambulatory KMC?

7. KMC for term infants:  state of art 2018

November 15, 2018

  • Preparation of the report for each group
  • Choice of the 3 best posters on KMC implementation and dissemination at country level for oral presentation during the congress
  • Dinner for participants


Kangaroo Mother Care: the best neuro-protective strategy for the preterm and low birth weight, from birth up to one year corrected age.

November 16-17, 2018

Auditorium: Felix Restrepo
Topics:  basic research on the neuro-protective effect of each component of KMC: kangaroo position, kangaroo nutrition, kangaroo discharge policies and follow-up (through neuro-physiology, neuro-sensorial stimulation, sensitization of the family, modification of the environment….etc…)
Expected participants (capacity): 400
Target audience: Health professionals involved in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) research and implementation
Language: English


 The dates were chosen in such a way that the closing day will coincide with the World Prematurity Day, celebrated every year on November 17th.

Dinner on the November 16th. Traditional clothing suggested for representatives of countries. Short interviews with country representatives to produce a short video for the closure of the event. (World Prematurity Day).