Written by Ekran Rashid

Contributor: Carrie Noxon

This quarter, the NEST Kenya team led biomedical training at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. Biomedical training focuses on providing biomedical engineers and technicians with skills in proper repair and maintenance of NEST technologies during planned preventive and corrective maintenance.

Having trained biomedical personnel available ensures sustainability with regards to maintenance of the NEST360 qualified technologies and knowledge transfer through mentorship and on-job training during both corrective and scheduled maintenance at the facilities and skills labs.

During the training session, Biomedical Engineers and technicians (BMET) also participated in Training of Trainers (TOT) and skills handover training. In skills handover training, the  BMETs to learned to become mentors and facilitators for BMET providers courses. In learning to train others, these courses have created a pool of qualified biomedical personnel who will support future training on NEST technologies in Kenya.

Kenyatta Participants
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.