TRAINING: NEST360° team readies for health facility assessment
Ifakara Health Institute is currently hosting the NEST360° project's Health Facility Assessment Training at the Institute's Mikocheni Main Conference Room in Dar es Salaam. The training, held for four days from October 13-6, 2020, is conducted ahead of the implementation of the New-born Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST) study’s health facility assessment at selected health facilities in Tanzania.
The assessment, set to beginning next week, will cover these areas: infrastructure, administration & management; neonatal unit infrastructure; lab & pharmacy; medical devices and supplies; biomedical technology; human resources & family centered care; and information systems.
The NEST360° project team members include seasoned and active experts in the assessment areas from Mwananyamala Reginal Referral Hospital & Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Dar es Salaam; Iringa Regional Hospital in Iringa; and Ileje District Hospital in Mbeya.
NEST360° project leaders, led by the Project Leader, Donat Shamba, Robert Tillya (from Ifakara) and Nahya Salim (from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences – Muhas) used the opportunity to introduce their new team members to program and the purpose of the assessment.
At the training the participants also learned and reviewed best practices for data collection. They also practiced how to use tablets and the RedCap App in collecting data, generally reviewed data collection tools and practiced conducting the health facility assessment.
The NEST360° project is evaluating maternal and child health programs and feeding business models to deliver a solution by deploying NEST, a bundle of New-born Essential Solutions and Technologies. The project identified four gaps which currently prevent system wide change against which we have mapped four targeted solutions which together comprise NEST: lack of technology, human resources, implementation and market.
To address these barriers, the project aims to deploy NEST: a bundle of New-born Essential Solutions and Technologies designed to prevent and treat the leading causes of new born deaths in Africa. NEST technologies are designed in partnership with African hospitals to be effective, affordable and rugged.
NEST360° will allow clinicians to provide high quality comprehensive new born care keeping babies warm, helping them breathe, diagnosing infections, treating jaundice and other life-threatening conditions for small and sick babies. Through in-service training and mentoring programs, NEST will build clinical and technical capacity to improve new borne care. #
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