Written by Cate Paul

Contributors: Carrie Noxon and Nicole Moreno

A step close toward aligning neonatal variables to the national data system

In quarter 2 of 2022, the NEST Tanzania team took a step closer to aligning neonatal inpatient variables for the district, regional and tertiary levels. The exercise involved various stakeholders, including clinicians, professional associations, HMIS representatives, and Ministry of Health representatives. These individuals came together to review and recommend minimal variables to be included in the national District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2). The team developed an inpatient neonatal register that will collect inpatient data with selected indicators that will be linked to DHIS2, contributing to measurements, monitoring, and evaluation. In addition, a post-natal register was discussed to enable following the outcomes for the baby. With these standardized tools and linkage of the data through DHIS2, Tanzania can track neonatal indicators and overall progress, which will assist with planning and informed decision-making for resource allocation for national newborn care.

World Prematurity Day Celebrations

World Prematurity Day Celebrations

World Prematurity Day is an international day to raise awareness for babies who are born too soon. This year with partners around the world we highlighted Kangaroo Mother Care. Preterm birth continues to be the leading contributor to under-5 deaths globally, being responsible for almost half of all under-5 deaths in 2021. Immediate initiation of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has shown to significantly decrease newborn mortality. Skin-to-skin contact’s benefits includes improved thermal regulation, infection prevention, improved breast feeding, positive facilitation of physiological, behavioral, psychosocial, and neurodevelopment, and a reduced risk of neonatal mortality.

Implementation Toolkit Series | Financing

Implementation Toolkit Series | Financing

This seminar is part of the Implementation Toolkit seminar series, and dives into Financing and what it takes to figure out the cost for different aspects of newborn care and how to invest in it.

This seminar series is structured around the Health System Building Blocks (HSBBs) and is linked to the NEST360 | UNICEF Newborn Implementation Toolkit. Learn more about the toolkit: newborntoolkit.org