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Congress Program March 26 2016

Kangaroo Mother Care: 20 years later, and beyond

Trieste, Italy, 16-17 November 2016




Venue: Teatro Miela, Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi 3, Trieste

Expected participants (capacity): 250 (300)

Target audience: whoever is interested in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)

Invited: WHO, UNICEF, major NGOs and foundations working in this area



To review the progress in KMC research and development worldwide, sharing best practices and identifying barriers, challenges and enablers to dissemination and success.


Expected outcomes:

Dissemination of research and development results through participants and KMC websites in order to enhance programmes in terms of coverage and quality.



Congress participants will be asked to express their vote for presentations and posters they value as best. The organisers will offer a simple “KMC 20 years later” award to the winners.



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16 November 2016

08:00   Registration of participants

Session 1. Global progress. Chair: Giorgio Tamburlini

08:30   Opening (local, national and international authorities)

09:00   20 years later: global progress of KMC (Adriano Cattaneo, Trieste, Italy)

09:30   KMC: evidence, gaps and ongoing research (Rajiv Bahl, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland)

10:00   Every Newborn Action Plan Progress: where are we on our promises to newborns? (Nabila Zaka, UNICEF, New York, USA)

10:30   Mapping KMC in countries: the example of Colombia (Nathalie Charpak and Julieta Villegas, Bogotá, Colombia)

11:00   Coffee break and posters


Session 2. Challenges. Chair: Marzia Lazzerini

11:30   Initiation of KMC at community and first level facilities: barriers and facilitators (Abiy Seifu Estifanos, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

12:00   How early should the kangaroo position start (Nils Bergman, Cape Town, South Africa)

12:30   Four selected oral presentations

13:30   Buffet lunch


Session 3. Updates. Chair: Carmen Pallás-Alonso

14:30   KMC, toxic stress and mental development (Susan Ludington, Cleveland, USA)

15:00   Neonatal and parental stress: effect of KMC (Evalotte Mörelius, Linkoping, Sweden)

15:30   KMC and the brain-gut-microbiota signalling system (Xiaomei Cong, Storrs, USA)

16:00   Electronic strategies as effective tools for KMC dissemination and monitoring (Nathalie Charpak, Stanislas Teillaud and Jhon Camacho, Bogotà, Colombia)

16:30   Coffee break and posters

17:00   KMC, later cognitive and social outcomes and potential costs and benefits (Nathalie Charpak, Bogotà, Colombia, Juan Gabriel Ruiz, Miami, USA, and Rejean Tessier, Quebec, Canada)

18:00   Closing remarks


17 November 2016


Session 4. Expanding and improving. Chair: Shashi Vani

08:30   KMC coverage: from pilot projects to scale (Zeni Carvalho Lamy and Luiza Geaquinto Machado, Brazil)

09:00   Using the Neo-BFHI to enhance KMC (Laura Haiek, Montreal, Canada)

09:30   Improving KMC feeding and growth (Kerstin Hedberg Nyqvist, Uppsala, Sweden)

10:00   Coffee break and posters

10:30   Ensuring quality of care for small babies through quality improvement and mentorship: from delivery room to discharge (panel with representatives from three countries and from two global partners, coordinated by Neena Khadka and Bina Valsangkar, Washington, DC, USA)

11:30   Experience in quality assessment and improvement of KMC in six maternity hospitals in Pernambuco, Brazil (Giorgio Tamburlini, Trieste, Italy, and Emanuelle Valente, Recife, Brazil)

12:00   Four selected oral presentations

13:00   Buffet lunch


Session 5. Looking ahead. Chair: Jelka Zupan

14:00   Summary of the conclusions of the workshop on critical obstacles and key factors for effective dissemination and uptake (Adriano Cattaneo, Trieste, Italy)

14:30   KMC: sustainability and further development (Anne-Marie Bergh, Pretoria, South Africa)

15:00   The role of NGOs (Shashi Vani, Ahmedabad, India, and Socorro De Leon-Mendoza, Manila, Philippines)

15:30   Coffee break and posters

16:00   Innovations for big impact: putting the pieces together to scale KMC (Karlee Silver, Grand Challenges Canada, Toronto, Canada)

16:45   Plenary discussion with international funders

17:30   Closing remarks and prizes (posters and podium presentations).