Kangaroo Mother Care Method prevents low birth-weight in Rural Guinea

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Mory and Saran Kanté with their kids.
Ousmane Condé, USAID Guinea

Saran Kanté lives in Kankan, rural Guinea. In March 2019, she was delighted to become the mother of a set of twins. But her joy was short-lived because the twins Fanta and Oumou were low weight babies; they weighed 1330g and 1380g respectively. The normal weight of a newborn should be above 2500g.

Saran and her kids were admitted to the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) unit installed by USAID's Health Service Delivery (HSD) project at the regional hospital in Kankan. She and her husband Mory Kanté were taught how to apply the KMC method which consist of making skin-to skin contact with the baby attached to a waistcloth at all times; the mother provides a constant source of warmth for her baby resulting in a boost in the child’s weight.

Six days after their admission, the twins were feeling much better and were both above 1500g. Saran and her husband continued to apply the KMC method at home and the kids are very healthy now. “We are overjoyed to see our twins growing normally now” says Mory Kanté.

Since the KMC unit was installed in May 2018, 88 low weight and preterm infants were admitted for treatment and 68 came out completely healed. Eighteen (18) infants contracted infections and were admitted to the infection prevention and control unit and the other 2 were taken away by their parents before they were healed.

USAID is working with the Government of Guinea to help reduce the country’s child and maternal mortality. The Health Service Delivery project, which runs until 2021, has trained more than 700 health workers and has rehabilitated and equipped four hospitals and 14 health facilities with modern medical equipment to provide high-impact maternal and child health services.

Last updated: January 15, 2020

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