ABOUT KMC FOUNDATION PHILIPPINES
KMC in the Philippines was initially adopted at the neonatal care unit of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in 1999, after Dr. Socorro De Leon-Mendoza received training in Bogota, Colombia. To date, the KMC program of the hospital has helped not only in maintaining a higher survival rate of infants but also in propagating sustained breastfeeding among mothers. Upon Dr. Mendoza's retirement from government service, she and several like-minded professionals, decided other areas in the Philippines would benefit greatly from KMC. Thus the Kangaroo Mother Care Foundation Philippines, Inc. was established in 2008. The Foundation's goal is to develop, monitor, and accredit KMC centers and also encourage the continued application of KMC as a standard practice in neonatal care. As of 2014, besides the Fabella Hospital in Manila, the Foundation was instrumental in the development of 21 KMC Centers of training and excellence which have all been recognized by the Department of Health. In the same year, KMC was incorporated into the Care for Small Baby package of interventions by the Department of Health.