Creation of 6 Maman Kangourou centres

The premature birth rate in Madagascar is 14% and causes 18% of all infant deaths (2016 figures). Incubators are expensive, difficult to maintain and rare in the country. The primary healthcare facilities, spread across the rural area where 80% of the people in Madagascar live, are not equipped to take care of babies who have a low birth weight or are premature.

The Kangourou method, which is far less expensive than implementing services equipped with incubators, is largely unknown and not practised in the country. Today, only a few paediatric services have a Maman Kangourou centre since the programme was introduced to Madagascar in 1999.

Our support will allow the creation of 6 new “Maman Kangourou” centres in the Analamanga region (Andohatapenaka, Ambohimiandra, Andoharanofotsy, Sabotsy Namehana, Manjakandriana and Ambatolampy). The different premises will be renovated and furnished. Staff in these centres will be trained in the method.

This project started in 2016 - 4 centres were supported directly by Orange Solidarité Madagascar.

The project provides a solution to the high premature mortality rate as well as the high cost of care or the lack of incubators, and will help with premature and underweight babies and their parents.