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Megan M. Lydon
Victoria Lwesha
Dyson Likomwa
Lydia Chimtembo
Tanya Guenther
Monica Longwe
Publication Date
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

FHI 360 (Lydon); Save the Children (Lwesha, Likomwa, Guenther); World Relief (Chimtembo); Aurum Institute (Longwe)

"Effective scale-up of KMC requires a comprehensive approach that understands and addresses social norms that contribute to low levels of KMC uptake."

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) offers a potential solution in resource-constrained settings with high rates of preterm or low birth weight (LBW) infants. Malawi was an early adopter of KMC, but post-discharge adherence is low. Research within Malawi has identified striking sociocultural barriers to KMC engagement. In 2015, Save the Children conducted research to inform the design, development, and implementation of a pilot KMC social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programme in the districts of Machinga and Thyolo in the Southern Region of Malawi. The formative research described in this article sought to better understand social norms and community perceptions of preterm infants and KMC to guide programme design.

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Global Health: Science and Practice July 2022, Image credit (top image): Save the Children

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