Melissa Medvedev, MD, MSc- Improving risk prediction and operationalizing kangaroo care among small and sick newborns in Africa

There are 2.5 million neonatal deaths each year; the majority occur within 48 h of birth, before stabilization. Evidence shows that kangaroo mother care (KMC) significantly reduces mortality in stabilized neonates. Launched in January 2020, the OMWaNA trial aims to determine the effect of initiating KMC before stabilization on mortality within seven days relative to standard care at four hospitals in Uganda.

Dr. Melissa Medvedev (Morgan) is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at UCSF. Her research focuses on evaluating and implementing interventions to improve care for babies and mothers in low-resource settings. She has worked in Uganda, Kenya, and India conducting studies on KMC, neonatal pulse oximetry, and simulation-enhanced nurse mentoring. Her PhD thesis from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was "Informing the design of a trial of KMC initiated before stabilization amongst small and sick newborns in a sub-Saharan African context using mixed methods."

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