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.
Partner updates: an overview of the past few months
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.
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
A step closer toward aligning neonatal variables to the national data system
In quarter 2 of 2022, the NEST360 Tanzania team took a step closer to aligning neonatal inpatient variables for the district, regional and tertiary levels. The exercise involved various stakeholders, these individuals came together to review and recommend minimal variables to be included in the national District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2).
NEST Curriculum Integrated & Quality Improvement in Tanzania
Over the past quarter, NEST Tanzania worked towards important milestones in sustainability of the NEST model within the national systems.
Cultivating a community of local innovation
At the beginning of the global pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was in short supply due to global shortages. Hospitals across Africa were being left without adequate PPE. At the DIT Design Studio, we knew we could help by figuring out how to design, locally manufacture, and produce the PPE that the hospitals desperately needed. However, designing the right products for the community required developing a relationship with hospitals during a time of chaos and uncertainty.
BubbleCPAP machine wins DIT Design Competition
BubbleCPAP machine wins DIT Design CompetitionContributor: Carrie NoxonOn May 25, 2021, the DIT Design Studio announced the winners of its first Annual Design Competition. The Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) Design Studio is an advanced maker space at the...
DIT Design Studio: Innovation for COVID-19
Becoming a hub for COVID-19 PreparednessContributor: Carrie NoxonTanzania is home to over 60 million people. Its largest city, Dar es Salaam, is home to five million people—a densely populated and vibrant port city. Located within this city, inside one of its many...