Learn About & Celebrate Integrated Kangaroo Mother Care

Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm via Zoom
with Dr. Doug McMillan, Dr. Susan Niermeyer, Dr. Khalid Aziz, and Dr. Stella Kyoyagala

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) improves outcomes for small newborns. QIiKMC is KMC education combined with Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ). We hypothesize that integrating clinical and QI tools enhances implementation.  

QIiKMC was developed by clinicians with global health and QI experience.  It’s “learning by sharing” methodology encourages healthcare providers (HCP) to engage one another and parents.  The (6 x 2 hour) modules are available in digital format for remote facilitation or can be printed for face-to-face learning with local teams of 3-8 persons. Evaluation tools include facility surveys, simulation-based scenarios, and knowledge assessments. This presentation will discuss the integration of KMC with other newborn learning programs and agencies and with quality improvement.


Dr. Doug McMillan is a Neonatologist and Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary. He helped develop Helping Babies Survive learning programs and Quality Improvement integrated Kangaroo Mother Care (QIiKMC) to assist healthcare workers in helping mothers (and other family members) care for their small babies.


Dr. Susan Niermeyer is a Professor Emerita of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health. She helped develop Helping Babies Survive educational materials with their incorporation into WHO Essential Newborn Care and extension into Quality Improvement integrated Kangaroo Mother Care. She is a consultant to USAID preparing an operational guide for a scale-up of small/sick newborn care. 


Dr. Khalid Aziz is a neonatologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His interests outside newborn care lie in global health, quality improvement, and healthcare team education. He is a leader in the Canadian-developed Evidence-based Improvement in Quality (EPIQ) learning program.

Dr. Stella Kyoyagala is an Assistant Lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She is the Paediatrician in Charge of newborn care services at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and liaison with the Rotary Club of Mbarara for a global grant for Kangaroo Mother Care.