Announcing a formal partnership between NEST360 and COINN

COINN and NEST360 join together for newborn lives.

Written by: Toby Whatley

May 10, 2024

NEST360 and COINN sign their MOU, and celebrate formal partnership

In May 2024, Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360) and the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), formalised their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU is an exciting milestone and strengthens the shared purpose of improving Small and Sick Newborn Care, with a focus on neonatal nursing care, across sub-Saharan Africa.

Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN)

is an international organisation comprised of approximately 16 national organisations and over 4000 individual members. It is the only international voice solely focused on neonatal nurses and their work. COINN’s vision is “unifying neonatal nurses globally” with a mission “to promote excellence in neonatal nursing and health outcomes for the infants and families nurses serve and to act as an international leader in development of professional standards of neonatal nursing.”
Recently, COINN launched the Community of Neonatal Nursing Practice (CoNP) in Zambia and Kenya

Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360)

is an international alliance of 22 organizations (17 in Africa), united to end preventable neonatal deaths in African hospitals. NEST360 collaborates with governments to strengthen health systems sustainably and at scale through 1) innovation with devices and health systems change, 2) Enabling education ecosystems, and 3) Implementing evidence-based care, based on reliable and regular data. NEST360 is particularly focused in Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

This formal partnership was announced at the COINN Conference linked to the theme of Supporting Closeness – Building Relations, aligning well with this announcement! The conference took place in Aalborg, Denmark during May 6-8. The number of nurses, medical professionals, and health specialists working in small and sick newborn care gathered to share the latest research and innovations linked to neonatal nursing and newborn health.

Members from the NEST360 alliance and COINN had the opportunity to connect at the COINN conference during the formal announcement of the partnership.

The partnership between COINN and NEST 360 will bring the strength of both our organisations to ensure every newborn counts, everywhere. Together we will ensure that every newborn has opportunity to not only survive but thrive.

Karen Walker

President, Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN)

To reduce neonatal mortality and meet SDGs we must urgently increase coverage and quality of small and sick newborn care and the foundation is a skilled workforce. We are excited about our new partnership between NEST360 and COINN because together we have the opportunity to increase numbers of staff (especially neonatal nurses) and importantly,  competence and confidence in a faster and yet sustainable way.

Edith Gicheha

Clinical Training Director, NEST360

What will this partnership do?

This partnership will help to support achieving government targets to end preventable newborn deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and accelerate progress towards SDG 3.2. that aims to reduce the number of newborn deaths to 12 per 1000 live births by 2030. It is also in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Roadmap on Human Resource Strategies to Ensure all Newborns Survive and Thrive that calls for supporting existing nurses and creating a new cadre of nurses able to provide care for the small and sick newborn and their families. Work arising from this partnership will build on current activities of COINN and NEST360 in the areas of health systems strengthening linked to education, leadership and financing, as well as capacity building and advocacy initiatives.

This partnership has been formalised at an important time. Neonatal nurses have an essential role in strengthening health systems for newborn care. Recent data from the 2022 United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimations reported that 64 countries are at risk of missing the SDG 3.2 national newborn target. Together, South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa account for 79% of the global burden of neonatal mortality. Evidence has demonstrated the importance of specialised neonatal nurses in improving the chances of newborns’ abilities to survive and thrive. Yet, the global shortage of nurses was also estimated to be 5.9 million of whom 89% are needed in LMICs where the burden of neonatal mortality is particularly high. Together, COINN and NEST360 aim to continue to promote and strengthen the role of neonatal nurses to accelerate progress in improving newborn health globally.

Mission to revolutionize newborn care in sub-Saharan Africa

Mission to revolutionize newborn care in sub-Saharan Africa

The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360) international alliance has launched Phase 2 of its groundbreaking mission to reduce newborn mortality in sub-Saharan Africa with $65 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), The ELMA Foundation, and generous individual contributions.