Written by: Opeyemi Odere

Contributors: Carrie Noxon and Nicole Moreno

In February, Nigeria opened a Clinical Skills Lab at University College Hospital (UCH). The lab serves medical students, student nurses, doctors and nurses within UCH and other health workers from surrounding health facilities who are learning hands-on, comprehensive newborn care. 

The lab includes newborn care equipment used by the students and workers to practice using the equipment for the management of small and sick newborns. The lab includes phototherapy devices, oxygen concentrators, oxygen splitter, radiant warmer, suction pump, pulse oximeters, and bubbleCPAP machines.

The practical learning provided by the skills lab will advance the sustainability of small and sick newborn care by those who are taught at UCH.

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.