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How can we measure service readiness to address quality gaps and track progress towards ENAP targets?

This seminar is part of the Implementation Toolkit for Small and Sick Newborn Care Seminar Series. It discusses the important topic of Health Facility Assessments as an important part of ensuring quality newborn care.

The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) target is for all countries to have small and sick newborn care units with CPAP in 80% of districts by 2025. In this seminar, we discuss the co-design of NEST360 | UNICEF Health Facility Assessment (HFA) tools for evaluating service readiness and informing quality improvement. We learn how they are being integrated nationally in Nigeria and how their data are used to improve quality of care in Malawi.

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

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.