Announcing 5 more years: NEST360 Phase 2

Jan 24, 2024 | News, Phase 2, Stories | 0 comments

Written by: Carrie Noxon

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, the NEST360 alliance gathered at Rice University in Houston, Texas, to officially announce a $65 million commitment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, and generous individual contributions towards the NEST360 Phase 2 launch.

The event on January 23 was led by NEST360 leadership and Reginald DesRoches, President of Rice University. NEST360’s leadership panel included Prof. William Macharia of Aga Khan University, Kenya, Prof. Chinyere Ezeaka, Head of the Neonatology and Perinatology Unit at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, Dr. Nahya Salim, Clinical Pediatric Specialist at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science, Tanzania, Dr. Msandeni Chiume, Chief Pediatrician on the Ministry of Health Malawi and Head of Paediatrics and Child Health Department at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Abiy Seifu Estifanos, Professor at School of Public Health of Addis Ababa University Ethiopia, and Maria Oden, Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University spoke at the event.

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NEST360 is proud to continue its work to reduce the over 1 million newborn deaths annually in sub-Saharan Africa by improving quality for small and sick newborn care in NEST360-implementing countries and beyond through a systems-change approach that cuts across all levels of care. With a $65 million commitment towards the $90 million fundraising goal, Phase 2 of NEST360 will catalyze sustainable change through partnerships with governments, hospitals, and organizations in five countries: Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. Ethiopia is part of the NEST360 Phase 2 expansion. 

NEST360 is an international alliance of clinical, biomedical, and public health experts from 22 leading institutions and organizations, including Addis Ababa University – Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University – School of Public Health, Aga Khan University, APIN, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Hatch Technologies, Hawassa University, Ifakara Health Institutes, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Kenyatta University, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Mekelle University, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Lagos – College of Medicine, University of Oxford – KEMRI Wellcome Trust, 3rd Stone Design, Emory University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Northwestern University, Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies.