Sixth Annual National Kangaroo Mother Care Conference hosted by the Department of Neonatology

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The Department of Neonatology and the Department of Pediatrics hosted the Sixth Annual Kangaroo Mother Care of India National Conference (KMCCON-2022) where a two-day Training of Trainers (ToT), four workshops and a two-day conference were held .

A total of 13 international faculty and 40 national faculty lectured on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). MMK is a simple and proven intervention that can prevent 40% of neonatal mortality related to low birth weight and prematurity. In addition, Immediate Kangaroo Mother Care (IKMC) can reduce neonatal mortality by 13%.

The program has been attended by over 600 neonatologists, paediatricians, neonatal and pediatric nurses, obstetricians and physicians from Madhya Pradesh and other states in India.

The conference focused on kangaroo mother care, breastfeeding, breast milk and preterm nutrition, as well as new technologies and innovations related to MMK in preterm and sick neonates. Professor Shikha Malik welcomed delegates and highlighted that MMK is an important tool to prevent neonatal mortality, especially in resource-limited settings. Prof. Somshekhar Nimbalkar, Honorary Secretary of Kangaroo Mother Care Foundation India discussed the various activities of KMC Foundation India and also discussed the future planning of KMC India.

Vishwas Sarang, Minister of Medical Education, Government of Madhya Pradesh, pointed out that MMK being a simple measure to reduce neonatal mortality, should be part of the treatment of care for sick newborns in Madhya Pradesh and offered some services from MMK to MP.

Dr. YK Gupta, President of AIIMS Bhopal, highlighted the establishment of the Neonatal Center of Excellence to promote neonatal services at AIIMS, Bhopal and increase KMC practices. Prof. (Dr.) Nitin M Nagarkar, Director of AIIMS Bhopal, emphasized the need for KMC Ward in AIIMS Bhopal as established in AIIMS Raipur. Dr. Rajesh Malik, Dean of Academics AIIMS, Bhopal assessed and highlighted the need for training for postgraduates and nurses.

Luigi D Aquino highlighted the need for such a conference in the future to reduce neonatal mortality among MPs. Margaret Gwada, Head of UNICEF, MP stressed the need for more such conferences and workshops to raise awareness of MMK and commended the AIIMS Bhopal team for hosting this conference, applauded the efforts of the Department of Neonatology and Pediatrics and endorsed that awareness of MMK among health workers will improve the management of sick/premature neonates in PM.

Dr. Sumita Ghosh, Additional Commissioner, Children’s Division, MOHFW, GOI assessed and advised more such conferences and workshops for the promotion of MMK in India. Dr. Navin Thakkar, the new International President of the Pediatric Association, pledged that KMC will be promoted on the international platform through international conferences, CMEs and workshops during his tenure. Dr. Uday Bodhankar and Dr. Yashwant Patil praised the conference and promised to publicize KMC internationally with 35 member countries through newsletters, magazines, posters and different media platforms. Dr. Jyotsana Shrivastava highlights the need for greater collaboration between academic institutes for knowledge sharing. Vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Mahendra Jain as KMCCON-2022 Organizing Secretary

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