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Blog Examines Efforts To Accelerate Adoption Of Kangaroo Mother Care Globally

“In Istanbul, Turkey, a city where East meets West, and emblematic of our challenge to meld state-of-the-art science with age-old parental instincts to provide newborn children with food, warmth and love, a group came together on [October 21-23] to ‘bend the curve’ on newborn survival through acceleration of adoption of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC),” Mariam Claeson, interim director of maternal, newborn, and child health on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s family health team, and colleagues write in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “If universal KMC coverage was achieved, it is estimated that it could save on the order of 450,000 preterm newborns each year,” they state, adding, “Paramount to our success will be our ability to unify around clear goals, targets, and indicators” (11/18).