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28 Dec 2016 00:39

Trieste  complied in a high level last 14th – 17th of November 2016 in Italy.  Now it's the challenge for Bogota, Colombia. Wait here very soon, all the information for the next meeting in November 2018.  [ ... ]


What it seemed a target 2 years ago, is now an achievement. Rwanda complied in a high level last 17th – 19th of November 2014 in Kigali, capital of the African country RWANDA, as the host for this event which is [ ... ]


Speakers and moderators at workshop and congress: short biographies and photo

  • Abiy Seifu Estifanos teaches newborn and child health at the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is involved in research focusing on maternal, newborn (including KMC) and child health and health systems. He has also co-established the national research advisory council on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent health and nutrition. Before joining Addis Ababa University, he has worked as Senior Newborn Health Advisor for Save the Children in Ethiopia.
  • Adriano Cattaneo is an epidemiologist with a MSc degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Until retirement in 2013, he was the coordinator of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health based at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo in Trieste, Italy. In1996, he helped organize the 1st meeting of the International Network on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). He has extensively published on KMC, breastfeeding and other maternal and child health topics.
  • Anne-Marie Bergh is a senior researcher at the South African Medical Research Council Unit for Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies, University of Pretoria, South Africa, leading the KMC implementation programme. She has worked in a variety of countries on programmes related to newborn care, emergency obstetric and newborn care, perinatal and child mortality audits, HIV/PMTCT, and the integration of maternal, newborn and child health services.
  • Bina Valsangkar is a newborn technical advisor at Save the Children where she works with Ministries of Health and development partners in Malawi, Uganda, and Ethiopia to reduce neonatal mortality through health programming, policy, and programme-based research. Dr. Valsangkar is an attending paediatrician at White Oak Paediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of paediatrics at George Washington University. She has a medical degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University, where she was a Reynolds Foundation Fellow at the Centre for Public Leadership.
  • Carmen Pallás-Alonso is Chief of the Neonatal Unit at the 12 de Octubre Baby Friendly Hospital and Associate Professor of Paediatrics at Complutense University Medical School in Madrid, Spain. She is also President of the Spanish BFHI. The Neonatal Unit has been pioneering the application of NIDCAP in Spain, for which it is a training centre, and was the first Spanish Neonatal Unit with a Human Milk Bank.
  • Djamil Lebane is professor of paediatrics and chief of the department of neonatology at University Hospital Mustapha, Algiers, Algeria. He coordinates, since 2006, the national perinatal programme that includes the BFHI, as well as the promotion and extension of KMC units. He created the first 8-bed kangaroo unit in 2004 and is struggling to open more in an environment where there is very little enthusiasm, despite a ministerial instruction to spread KMC.
  • Emanuelle Valente graduated in medicine and specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology at Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira (IMIP) in Recife, Brazil. She holds a MSc degree in Maternal and Child Health from the same institute and a MSc in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She is currently studying for a PhD in Reproductive Health at the University of Trieste, Italy, with a research project on quality of perinatal health care.
  • Evalotte Mörelius is the head of the Division of Nursing Science at Linköping University in Sweden. She is a registered nurse specialist in paediatric and neonatal nursing and an Associate Professor focusing on neonatal stress, measuring salivary cortisol, pain indicators, and parent-infant interaction. She is the author of the textbook Stress hos barn och ungdom (Stress in children and adolescents).
  • Giorgio Tamburlini is a paediatrician with a PhD in Developmental Paediatrics and Perinatology. He leads a NGO (Centre for Child Health and Development) focusing on interventions to promote early child development (ECD). He has been extensively consulting for WHO, UNICEF, Governments and NGOs on policy development, programme evaluation and implementation of technical guidelines. His research interests span over maternal and child health services and policies, with a specific focus on quality of care and ECD.
  • Helen Brotherton is a Wellcome-Trust Research Training Fellow and PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and MRC Unit, The Gambia. She is an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, and previously worked in The Gambia as a RCPCH-VSO fellow. Professional interests include global newborn health and infectious diseases.
  • Immacolata Dall’Oglio is Manager for Professional Development, Continuing Education, and Nursing Research at Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatric Nursing at University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. She carries out development and research projects in support of breastfeeding in high-risk infants and in family-centred care. She is a PhD student in mother and child centred care in neonatal intensive care units, focussing on parents’ satisfaction and experience.
  • Jelka Zupan is a retired Medical Doctor, Slovenian by origin, board certified in paediatrics, with 17 years of experience in international maternal and perinatal health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, 4 years in public health at the Centres for Disease Control, Atlanta, and 14 years in home country as a care provider - paediatrician and neonatologist - at the tertiary maternity hospital in Ljubljana. She coordinated and published the first WHO KMC guidelines and other WHO policy and practice documents on neonatal/perinatal health.
  • Jhon Camacho is a medical informatics researcher with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He specialized in the development of methods and tools to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice. Since 2010, he has been collaborating with the Kangaroo Foundation in the design and implementation of an electronics health records system specifically targeted at the information needs of KMC follow-up programmes in low and middle-income countries.
  • Joanita Aigi Muruve is a public health specialist with 11 years’ experience in managing and implementing public health programmes across East Africa. She is currently working with Save the Children Tanzania as the Newborn Health Advisor for the Maternal and Child Survival Program. She previously worked as Programme Manager for Joining Hands: Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme in Tanzania, with the Aga Khan Health Services. She has also worked as a Health Programme Officer with Link Community Development in Uganda, Project Manager for Nakaseke Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Harvest Project in Uganda and as health social worker with the AMPATH Program in Eldoret, Kenya.
  • Juan Gabriel Ruiz is Associate Professor of Medical Research at the College of Medicine of the Florida International University, where he is also the head of the Division for Faculty and Graduate Students Development and Support, at the Department for Medical Research. Until 2015 he was Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Paediatrics at the School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia. He is a founding member of Fundación Canguro, in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Julieta Villegas works with the Kangaroo Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia. She is Project Coordinator for the update of the technical guideline for the implementation of KMC Programmes in Colombia. She has also worked to evaluate the implementation and the impact of KMC at national and international levels. Julieta is currently responsible for the construction of KMC indicators to be used in the KMC e-learning platform in Africa.
  • Karlee Silver received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she trained in genetics and immunology. After traveling through southern Africa, she refocused on global health, more specifically on the vulnerability of women to the consequences of poverty. She is currently working for Grand Challenges Canada, where she is responsible for programs in Global Health, Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health. Dr Silver has been with Grand Challenges Canada since it was launched, and led the process of selecting the organization’s priorities.
  • Kerstin Hedberg Nyqvist is Associate Professor in Paediatric Nursing emerita at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests are breastfeeding, feeding practices, family-centred care, and Kangaroo Mother Care, with 50 publications in peer reviewed journals. She is a member of the expert group from the Nordic countries and Quebec that developed the Neo-BFHI program (BFHI for neonatal wards), and of the International Network for KMC.
  • Laila Kristoffersen has worked for 25 years as a specialist nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of St.Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway. She is currently a PhD-student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Her research topics are early skin-to-skin following delivery and pain relief.
  • Laura Haiek is a Montreal family physician working for Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services and an assistant professor at McGill University Department of Family Medicine. Among her research interests, she has developed a methodology to monitor compliance with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and she is a member of the Nordic and Quebec Working Group that has expanded the BFHI to neonatal wards.
  • Luiza Geaquinto Machado is a psychologist currently studying for a Master degree in Maternal and Child Health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She acts as a technical consultant to the Ministry of Health where she coordinates the Department of Breastfeeding and Child Health, including care for preterm neonates and Kangaroo Mother Care.
  • Luong Kim Chi is the neonatologist in charge of the KMC unit at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, a unit with about 60,000 deliveries per year. She has a long record of cooperation with L’APPEL, an organization that has run for many years a research and training project for hundreds of doctors and midwives in all provinces on neonatal resuscitation and essential newborn care, including KMC.
  • Mantoa Mokrachane. Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for GEMP I & II Programme in the Unit of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In the process of planning a pilot of training paramedics to use KMC when transporting newborns to health facilities. Previously in charge of KMC at C.H Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, Johannesburg.
  • Maria Espinoza Guerrero. MD, MPH, and specialist in HIV-AIDS programs, worked for over 15 years in managerial programme design, the development of strategic plans, monitoring and evaluation, including hospitals management and epidemiology, and for over 8 years in HIV programmes focused in the prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission. Over the last 5 years, she worked in the comprehensive development of adolescents with vast experience in networking with the civil society.
  • Marzia Lazzerini is the director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health (WHO CC) in Trieste, Italy, since. She has field experience in Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda), South America (Mexico, Brazil), South East Asia (Sri Lanka), as well as large experience in the WHO European Region (Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kosovo Region, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan). Currently, her main area of interest in international maternal and child health is quality of care and respect of the rights of children and mothers.
  • Melissa Morgan is an Assistant Professor of Neonatology at the University of California San Francisco. She received a M.Sc. in Global Health Science from Oxford University, and is currently working on her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research has focused on implementation of neonatal health interventions in East Africa and India, including pulse oximetry, transcutaneous bilirubin screening, and simulation-based training of midwives. Dr. Morgan’s current research explores use of kangaroo mother care among clinically unstable infants in Jinja, Uganda.
  • Nabila Zaka is Senior Advisor for maternal and neonatal health in UNICEF New York. She has previously worked with UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office as Maternal and Child Health Specialist and has served UNICEF in Afghanistan and Pakistan country offices. She also worked for Save the Children and Government of Pakistan before joining UNICEF in 2002. A medical doctor with masters in Reproductive Health Management and a doctorate in Medical Anthropology, she is co-leading ENAP Country Implementation Group of partners with WHO and supporting harmonized support for newborn care programming in countries.
  • Nathalie Charpak is a paediatrician at the KMC programme of San Ignacio University Hospital and a founding member, senior researcher and director of the Fundacion Canguro, Bogotá, Colombia. Graduated from Rene Descartes University in Paris, France, she moved to Bogotá and started to work on the evaluation of KMC in 1989. Since then, she has coordinated large clinical trials and has been actively disseminating KMC in low and middle income countries in Latin America, South and South East Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.
  • Neena Khadka is the Team Lead for Newborn Health for the USAID Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP). Before joining MCSP, she led Save the Children’s representation in the USAID bilateral in Nepal for maternal, newborn and child health as the senior specialist for community-based service delivery. In her home country of Nepal, Dr Khadka was a Ministry of Health staff member for nearly 15 years, and spent a decade in clinical pediatric practice, including more than six years in neonatal intensive care. She holds a master’s in social science research from Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand.
  • Nils Bergman graduated as a doctor in South Africa and after some years further training started working in a remote mission hospital in Zimbabwe. Starting in 1988, he implemented immediate skin-to-skin contact for low birth weight babies, in the absence of incubators. Serendipitously, he also studied deadly scorpion stings leading to a doctoral dissertation. This laid the platform for a later career change, as the scorpion venom acts on the autonomic nervous system, which lies at the heart of developmental neuroscience. On this basis he works fulltime to provide the underlying scientific rationale for skin-to-skin contact as a public health priority intervention.
  • Odette Guifo, MD, is chief paediatrician at the Department of Pediatrics, Laquintinie Hospital, Douala, Cameroon. She initiated KMC in her country in 2000, and currently coordinates KMC training and activities. She is also the legal representative of the Kangaroo Foundation in Cameroon.
  • Rajiv Bahl graduated in medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He specialised in paediatrics at the University of Delhi and obtained his PhD in public health from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1999. In 2003 he joined WHO, Geneva, to work on neonatal health. Since 2013, he coordinates the Research and Development Team on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, in charge of research and development of guidelines, training materials and other tools.
  • Rejean Tessier is full professor of psychology at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. His main research topics focus on social, emotional and cognitive development of premature infants in connection with neurological maturation of premature brains. His privileged research methods include longitudinal perspective and randomized design studies. Kangaroo Care, and more recently, massage therapy are at the centre of his interests. The main environmental variable on which he focuses as a determinant of premature children’s development is the infant’s family organization.
  • Sarah Moxon is a PhD Candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a project on improving the quality of care for small and sick newborns and developing the associated metrics for monitoring. With a background in neonatal nursing, she has an MPH and a diploma in International Health from the University of Liverpool. Over the last 8 years, she has worked in Latin American and Africa implementing and evaluating programmes on maternal, newborn and child health. She currently works in the department of infectious disease epidemiology and provides support to the Every Newborn Action Plan and Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children project.
  • Shashi Vani is Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatology, P.S. Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat, India. Managing Trustee of Kangaroo Mother Care Foundation, India. The first person to introduce KMC in India. Prepared training modules for community workers in local language and KMC promotion charts in different languages.
  • Socorro De Leon-Mendoza works as paediatrician and neonatologist in the Philippines, where she provides key technical support to the Department of Health’s Care for the Small Baby Package. She was the first proponent, mover and advocate for the standardized implementation of KMC in her country. She is also the president of Bless-Tetada Kangaroo Mother Care Foundation, Philippines, Inc.
  • Stanislas Teillaud presents a multifaceted profile, acquired from the different professions that he practiced and the various countries where he lived. Through his original profession as a marine biologist, he worked several years for the protection of marine areas in Colombia. In a more humanistic way, he worked for different international NGOs, mainly in Latin America, on development and humanitarian projects. Since 2012, he has joined the Kangaroo Foundation In Bogota and he coordinates research and development projects to improve know-how and dissemination of KMC in the world. He has just completed the KMC E-learning Platform that will be presented at the congress.
  • Susan Ludington is a nurse, a midwife, and a nurse scientist who has been investigating KMC effects on newborns since 1988 with US National Institutes of Health grants. examining cardiorespiratory, thermal, state, pain, brain maturation and development outcomes. She is the Executive Director of the US Institute for Kangaroo Care and is a founding member of INK. She is currently studying KMC effects on severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  • Xiaomei Cong, PhD, RN, is a faculty member in the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Dr. Cong is a NIH funded clinical researcher with more than 15 years of research experience in high risk infants. Her research efforts have continuously focused on biological mechanisms involved in regulation of human early life experiences, including KMC with preterm infants, painful/stressful stimuli, bio-behavioural and gut microbial responses, and neurobehavioral outcomes.
  • Yunis Musema, MD, MPH and Epidemiology, joined Save the Children‘s SNL program as senior MNCH manager after working as senior advisor and capacity building manager for USAID TransACTION program. He also served as senior capacity building technical advisor for private health facilities in the same program, as senior program evaluation officer for ICAP-E, as public health evaluation coordinator for ITECH-E, and as lecturer & assistant professor at Jimma University. He has experience in program design, training, monitoring and evaluation, as well as SBCC activities for HIV and MNH programs.
  • Zeni Carvalho Lamy is a paediatrician and neonatologist with a PhD in Child Health. She is Professor at the Federal University of Maranhão, researcher for the Post-Graduate Programme in Public Health, and consultant in the area of child health for the Ministry of Health in Brazil. She coordinates the National Project on Strengthening and Dissemination of KMC.