To deliver high-quality care for every small and sick newborn, we need to have the right space, people, and devices – backed by supportive leadership and data for action. Most approaches to SSNC have focused on single interventions, but most newborns will have more than one problem and therefore require multiple interventions.
Olusola Oke is a NEST360 Invention Education team member and the Design Studio Assistant Manager at the University of Ibadan (UI) in Nigeria. Mr. Oke visited the United States in October 2022 as part of a bidirectional exchange program to meet his colleagues at Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies (Rice360) and NEST360. While in the United States, Mr. Oke shared his insights on fostering innovation capacity through the UI design studio, presenting at conferences in San Antonio, Texas, and Seattle, Washington, and providing a guest lecture at Rice University. He shared the following reflections after his engagement in the bidirectional exchange program.
Recently, Rice360 fellow, Natalie Mitchell, traveled to Kenya to work with our colleagues at Nairobi to begin a clinical study on Celsi Monitor, a low-cost portable device used to continuously monitor a newborn’s body temperature. The following is her account of her time in Kenya.
Announcing the first edition of the Innovation Landscape! A resources that that catalogs innovations from NEST360 university partners. These innovations are created by students and aim to solve real healthcare challenges identified by their invention education curriculum.
By untangling complicated supply chain challenges, these global health experts are helping to bring life-saving technologies to doctors in four African nations — and counting.
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.
A summary of activities from quarter 3 and quarter 4 in each NEST360 country. Our teams have made incredible progress this year towards sustainability and institutionalizing NEST in small and sick newborn care.
Rice360 fellow, David Kimmey, went to Malawi to work with our colleagues at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital on clinical studies for Celsi Warmer. The following is his account of his time in Malawi.
This blog is (1/4) from the team members in Houston and Malawi.
Contributors: Carrie Noxon, Emily Bull, and Nicole MorenoMaureen Mebo Valle, Biomedical Engineer and Researcher, Technical Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and NEST360 fellow, was joined by the Houston team to work on BreathAlert and Celsi Monitor with our...