In Malawi, Every Preemie worked in close collaboration with the Balaka District Health Office and other stakeholders to develop the Family-Led Care model, an innovative approach to providing care for the preterm and LBW baby. The Family-Led Care model is designed to improve the quality of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) provided to inpatient preterm and LBW newborns; strengthen post-discharge follow-up care; and extend care of the preterm/LBW newborn to the community and household levels (see graphic below).
To inform programmatic inputs, Every Preemie implemented a qualitative formative assessment in July 2016 focused on community, family member, and health care provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions around preterm and LBW newborns and related care practices in Balaka district, Malawi. This report is available to download here: Malawi Formative Assessment.
The Family-Led Care model was implemented in Balaka District, Malawi, and Every Preemie worked with local research partners to assess the effectiveness of the model through implementation research using three approaches:
Caregiver/Client Study: Working with MaiKhanda Trust, measure parent/family caregiver knowledge, attitudes and care practices for early/small newborns
Health Care Provider Study: Working with the University of Malawi, College of Medicine, measure health care providers’ abilities, competencies, attitudes, perceptions and practices as related to their experience implementing the Family-Led Care model
Data Collection from MOH Facility Records: measure key indicators over time