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Malawi is taking steps to improve care of preterm babies. But gaps remain

By Mai-Lei Woo Kinshella, Global Health Research Coordinator at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia
Alinane Linda Nyondo-Mipando, Lecturer in Health Systems and Policy, University of Malawi
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“Kangaroo mother care” is widely acknowledged as a helpful method in caring for small and preterm infants. It makes a vital contribution to their survival, well-being and development. Developed in 1978 by Colombian paediatrician Edgar Ray, kangaroo care involves continuous skin-to-skin contact on the mother’s chest to keep the baby warm, increase breastfeeding frequency, and aid in recognising danger signs of illness.

Preterm births often come with dangerous complications. They…

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