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Read the latest NEST stories, providing insights from NEST partners who advance quality newborn care through innovation, policy, and education.

Sepsis diagnostic device added to NEST360 NTL ed. 7

Sepsis diagnostic device added to NEST360 NTL ed. 7

A new technology has been added to the sepsis diagnostic product category in the 7th edition of the NEST360 Newborn Technology Landscape. FINDER® by Baebies is the first sepsis diagnostic device featured and is an ultra-rapid, fully integrated platform for use with neonatal populations. According to the device developer, the system is intended to be used in moderate complexity settings by healthcare professionals.

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Data-Driven Change Gets Big Boost in Malawi

Data-Driven Change Gets Big Boost in Malawi

NEST’s Malawi team partnered with the Ministry of Health to improve data collection in Malawi through a program that provides computers and REDCap training to data collectors at the facility level.
The Minister of Health, Honorable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, was presented with a symbolic computer donation by Professor Kondwani Kawaza (NEST Program Co-PI) on March 24, 2022, at the Capitol Hill in Lilongwe. This gesture represents the beginning of the program aimed at improving data collection.

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A look into Generic Instructors Course (GIC) and Training of Trainers (TOT) Training in Malawi

A look into Generic Instructors Course (GIC) and Training of Trainers (TOT) Training in Malawi

As part of building the capacity of COIN trainers and potential instructors, a three-day Generic Instructor Course (GIC) was held from March 29-31, 2022, at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre. The training drew 24 participants from CHAM facilities, training institutions, and public health facilities. Both local and internal faculty members facilitated the training.

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NEST360: Scaling Collaboration in Newborn Care – Million Lives Collective

NEST360: Scaling Collaboration in Newborn Care – Million Lives Collective

In December 2020, the Pumani bubbleCPAP was recognized by the Million Lives Collective for its impact on 1 million babies. Pumani filled a gap for CPAP devices suitable for neonatal wards in low- and middle-income settings. The experiences of implementing Pumani led to a comprehensive approach to newborn care that encompasses more than a single medical device. It inspired an international alliance to scale solutions like the bundle of newborn technologies to end preventable newborn deaths.

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Cultivating a community of local innovation

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.

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Opportunity in Adversity

Opportunity in Adversity

“We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve even in the face of a pandemic. The virtual interactions we have with healthcare workers in the newborn units has created an atmosphere of positive change in newborn care in Kenya. We, however, must move this from head knowledge to hands on practical skills through mentorship. Real transformation occurs during mentorship, and this cannot be done virtually—it has to be face to face”

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World Prematurity Day in Nigeria

World Prematurity Day in Nigeria

Each November, countries across the globe come together for World Prematurity Day to call attention to the babies who were born too early and the immediate and long term health challenges they face; and to acknowledge their families and healthcare providers. Premature birth and its complications are the main cause of newborn deaths in the world. More than 1 in 10 infants are born prematurely, resulting in an estimated 15 million preterm births per year, and sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate uneven high burden of these births. It has been further estimated that nearly one million preterm newborns die in sub-Saharan Africa each year, mostly from a lack of equity in healthcare resources to provide the needed interventions. The theme for this year’s celebration is, ‘Together for babies born too soon: caring for the future.’ This is still an urgent health crisis, made all the more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must raise awareness and not lose momentum toward achieving global goals for newborns.

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