Baby steps to saving lives
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
To help solve the problem of the death of premature babies, Schellenberg and colleagues at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania have implemented a strategy called Mtunze Mtoto Mchanga – which means “protect the newborn baby”.
It includes using a picture of two footprints on a piece of laminated card and a local volunteer placing the baby’s foot against the images.
If the baby has feet smaller than the smallest foot, around 67mm, then the mother is advised to take the baby to hospital immediately. If it measures in between the big and the small image, then the mother is told about the extra care she needs to provide to increase the baby’s chances of survival.