Successfully Providing Essential Newborn Care for Term and Premature Babies: A Midwife’s Perspective
Kyenjojo Hospital in Western Uganda is saving newborn lives by implementing evidence-based practices for the care of term and pre-term babies. Using quality improvement methods to change processes of care delivery, health care providers at Kyenjojo Hospital have introduced life-saving interventions that can be sustained by the hospital without external resources
In a period of three months, five premature babies have been saved using the kangaroo mother care method. Newborn deaths at the hospital have reduced from five in July 2013 to two deaths in September 2013 and only one death in October 2013. The number of newborns getting infections has also been reduced from about five newborn infections per month, to none since September 2013.