Kangaroo Mother Care Unit Boosts Newborn Care in Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire has inaugurated the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit (KMCU) National Reference Center, marking a significant step forward in improving newborn care, particularly for premature and low birth weight babies.

This state-of-the-art facility, equipped with 25 beds, was made possible thanks to funding from the French Muskoka Fund and technical support from UNICEF.

The KMCU method involves continuous skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, offering numerous health benefits for fragile newborns. Since adopting **KMC** in 2019, Côte d'Ivoire has established 15 units and cared for over 4,278 premature babies with a remarkable 91% success rate.

This new National Reference Center signifies the government's commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, and paves the way for further advancements in newborn healthcare across the country.

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