Journal Article

Progress in the Implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care in 10 Hospitals in Indonesia

Anne-Marie Bergh, Quail Rogers-Bloch, Hadi Pratomo, Uut Uhudiyah, Ieda Poernomo Sigit Sidi, Yeni Rustina, Rulina Suradi and Reginald Gipson

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 58, issue 5, pages 402-405
Published in print October 2012 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online January 2012 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI:
Progress in the Implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care in 10 Hospitals in Indonesia

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Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is an effective and safe method of caring for low-birthweight infants. This article describes the results of a health systems strengthening intervention in KMC involving 10 hospitals in Java, Indonesia. Implementation progress was measured with an instrument scoring hospitals out of 100. Hospital scores ranged from 28 to 85, with a mean score of 62.1. One hospital had not reached the level of ‘evidence of practice’; five hospitals had reached the expected level of ‘evidence of practice’ and two hospitals already scored on the level of ‘evidence of routine and integration’. The two training hospitals were on the border of ‘evidence of sustainable practice’. The implementation of KMC is a long-term process that requires dedication and support for a number of years. Some items in the progress-monitoring tool could be used to set standards for KMC that hospitals must meet for accreditation purposes.

Keywords: infant care; infant; premature; program evaluation; Indonesia; kangaroo mother care

Journal Article.  1479 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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