Improve rural women’s health and nutrition before, during and after pregnancy
Improve new-borns’ health through management of complications and post-birth care
Increasing the practice of KMC for a prolonged duration to improve newborn health
Strengthening the capacity of frontline workers in Bihar
Tackling vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies through food fortification
Studying the efficacy of micronutrient fortified rice on school children and mothers
I knew KMC means ‘keeping the low birth weight baby covered and keeping the baby next to the mother’. In 2016, I received exclusive training on KMC and there I learnt that KMC is much beyond this and how it benefits both mother and baby and also the practical sessions on KMC. Now I confidently speak about KMC and promote KMC in the community.
I delivered 3 female babies in Koppal district hospital and they were very small when they were born. After hearing that I had delivered three girls, my husband left me alone in the hospital and went away. I was heartbroken, but the doctor and hospital staff counselled me about the importance of female children and told me about the importance of doing Kangaroo Mother Care. If they hadn’t counselled me, my babies wouldn’t have survived today! Don’t discriminate against girl children. They are a gift.
The ASHA told me that even fathers can give KMC (Kangaroo Mother Care) to low birth weight babies. I then decided to support my wife and started giving KMC to my baby. It brought me and my baby together!
Improving facility and community level care of new mothers, infants and children
Strengthening providers’ skills to manage maternal and newborn complications
Strengthening community involvement to better public and individual health