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Kangaroo Mother Care: Unit Upgrade

About the project

Kangaroo care is a simple, effective way to help under-weight newborn babies survive and thrive in close contact with their mothers. Groote Schuur Hospital has space for 10 patients at a time providing kangaroo care, but the facility needs urgent upgrading.

More than 20 million babies are born weighing less than 2 500 g each year, the vast majority in low- and middle-income countries. A low birthweight negatively affects a baby’s survival, development and future health.

Conventional care for these babies, such as with incubators, is costly and can be difficult to implement in low-resource settings.

Kangaroo mother care offers a solution. It is a way of looking after infants that involves carrying them with skin-to-skin contact. It is a powerful, low-cost, easy-to-use way to promote the health and well-being of babies.

Donate today and help us provide a comfortable space for these babies and moms.