Helping Small Babies Grow: Scaling Up the CarePlus Wrap

Organization: 
Redd Barna
Organization Location: 
Oslo, Norway
Project Location: 
Malawi

Malawi has the highest rate of preterm birth worldwide, with an estimated 18% of live births occurring preterm. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of newborn deaths and account for almost 40% of child mortality. The CarePlus Wrap is the first low cost baby carrier especially developed for providing improved skin-to-skin and breastfeeding for preterm newborns. Kangaroo Mother Care is strongly recommended by the World Health Organization for all stable newborns born weighing ≤2000g, and it has been shown to improve preterm-born survival rates by between 20%-40% in low-resource settings. Redd Barna’s strategy is three-pronged. The local production will make the wraps available in Malawi at a low cost. Improved staff skills will increase uptake of the CarePlus Wrap. Advocacy and lobbying will encourage the Government of Malawi to budget for and prioritize the roll-out of the CarePlus Wrap. By 2025, the project aims to see improved newborn survival and health outcomes, as well as a sustainable local production that can be replicated in other countries.