First Latin America and Caribbean Regional Kangaroo Mother Care Conference: December 7-9, 2011, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Since 2009, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported the development and strengthening of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) activities in ten countries through the USAID Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI). In order to facilitate discussion and collaboration between country programs, MCHIP, with the support of USAID and HCI, hosted the first annual regional conference on KMC programs in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in December 2011. Because of the diversity of experiences in developing and implementing KMC programs and similarity of contexts, a regional conference allowed countries to make important connections with other program implementers and exchange valuable information about strategies for success. This short report details the conference goals and objectives, and discusses country advances in KMC programs.