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‘Specific units can help cut neonatal deaths’

July 14, 2020
‘Specific units can help cut neonatal deaths’
Dr. Bundala speaks at the training. PHOTO | Joseph Madata/IHIcoms

Perinatal deaths in Tanzania accounts for 39 in every 1000 pregnancies, according to Dr. Felix Bundala, the Acting director of Reproductive and Child Health in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and reducing these we must improve quality of care in our health system.

Dr. Bundala highlighted this when he presented the National Guideline for National Care and Establishment of Neonatal Care at the Stakeholders Meeting and Inservice Training hosted by Ifakara Health Institute and partners through the NEST 360° (Newborn Essential Solution of Technologies NEST) project held in Dar es Salaam from Monday, July 13, 2020 to Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

“Quality care for newborn can be archived by combining different components in health systems, including establishment of neonatal care units in hospitals… The guideline for neonatal care gives the details on how to implement that, but, one recommendation is encourage health facilities in Tanzania to allocate rooms or spaces for establishing Neonatal Care Units,” he said.

About NEST 360°

NEST technologies are designed in partnership with African hospital to be effective, affordable and rugged. The project 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.

Learn more about this project here.

The three-day meeting and in-service training, held at the Muhimbili University College of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas), aims to build clinical and technical capacity to improve new borne care in selected facilities where the project will be implemented.

The NEST 360° partners in Tanzania are: IHI, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Muhas and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. #