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, Reginald Gipson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfmr114
Pages (from-to)402-405
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Indonesia
  • Infant
  • Infant care
  • Kangaroo mother care
  • Premature
  • Program evaluation


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