CAMEROON / KANGAROO CARE

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27-Apr-2020 00:02:02
Mothers in Gado Refugee Camp in Cameroon are embracing Kangaroo Care - a simple yet critical approach that can help save the lives of their preterm babies. UNHCR

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STORY: CAMEROON / KANGAROO CARE
TRT: 02:02
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGES: FULFUDE / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT, GADO REFUGEE CAMP, CAMEROON

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1. Close up, mother dressing her baby at clinic in Gado refugee camp in Cameroon
2. Wide shot, midwife adjusting a Kangaroo Pouch on mother carrying baby
3. Med shot, mother carrying a baby in a Kangaroo pouch
4. Wide shot, mother carrying the baby in a pouch at the clinic
5. Close up, baby
6. SOUNDBITE (Fulfude) Amadou, Refugee-Central African Republic:
“I gave birth at night. She weighed under two kilograms. She was premature. She was born two months early.”
7. Med shot, mother carrying baby in a Kangaroo Pouch
8. Close up, Amadou
9. Med shot, Amadou’s baby on a bed
10. SOUNDBITE (Fulfude) Amadou, Refugee-Central African Republic:
“The midwife showed me how to use the kangaroo method and to take care of my baby.”
11. Med shot, Amadou picking up her crying baby
12. Wide shot, refugee camp
13. Wide shot of health center at the camp
14. Med shot, women at the clinic
15. Wide shot, woman on a bed at the maternity wing on the clinic
16. SOUNDBITE (French) Monique Meka, Cameroonian Midwife:
“We used to lose babies to hypothermia. But thanks to this method, despite the recurrent power outages, we can maintain babies at a constant temperature.”
17. Close up, of Monique’s hands as she talks
18. Close up, baby in the pouch
19. Close up, another baby sleeping in the pouch
20. Wide shot, nurse checking babies at the clinic as their mothers wait
21. Close up, baby being examined

STORYLINE:

Mothers in Gado Refugee Camp in Cameroon are embracing Kangaroo Care - a simple yet critical approach that can help save the lives of their preterm babies.

Kangaroo Care is a simple form of neonatal care inspired by how kangaroos care for their young. Wrapped next to the chest, a baby can maintain a stable body temperature from the natural heat generated by the mother’s body.

Amadou has just given birth to a baby girl. Her first two preterm babies did not survive.

SOUNDBITE (Fulfude) Amadou, Refugee-Central African Republic:
“I gave birth at night. She weighed under two kilograms. She was premature. She was born two months early.”

Gado refugee camp hosts over 25,000 refugees from the Central African Republic in a remote region of eastern Cameroon.

Local hospitals have limited access to electricity or generators and the lack of specialized care for preterm babies puts them at high risk of death.

SOUNDBITE (Fulfude) Amadou, Refugee-Central African Republic:
“The midwife showed me how to use the kangaroo method and to take care of my baby.”


Before kangaroo care, mothers would fill up plastic bottles with hot water and place them around their preterm babies to keep them warm. This was hardly effective as babies could easily get burnt or their temperatures drop as the water cools down.

Since 2018, medical staff have been trained on Kangaroo Care and in turn, they have trained mothers.

SOUNDBITE (French) Monique Meka, Cameroonian Midwife:
“We used to lose babies to hypothermia. But thanks to this method, despite the recurrent power outages, we can maintain babies at a constant temperature.”

The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and its partner agency, Africa Humanitarian Action.

According to the World Health Organization, over 20 million infants born annually, weigh less than 2.5 kilograms – over 96 per cent of them in developing countries. Kangaroo care is recommended for the routine care of preterm infants and should be initiated in health-care facilities as soon as the newborns are clinically stable.
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