DIRECTIVE: Health Minister tells facilities to draw plans for adopting NEST360 program
Tanzania’s Health Minister, Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, has directed facilities in the country to prepare plans for adopting the NEST360 (Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies) program. She wants proposals ready in the seven days.
Dr. Gwajima sounded the directive in her remarks to officially open a Neonatal Ward at Temeke Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam built under the NEST360 program. On Tuesday, Ifakara joined Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Temeke Referral Hospital, and other partners implementing the NEST360 program in Tanzania in launching a new partnership for improved newborn care in Tanzania.
Temeke Hospital coordinated the grand opening of the newborn ward with global World Prematurity Day, which takes place on November 17. The day aims to raise awareness for the challenges of preterm birth and shine a light on the risks and consequences faced by preterm infants and their families worldwide. #
NEST360 (Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies) is an international alliance of clinical, technical, and public health experts who have joined together to end preventable newborn deaths at hospitals across Africa. NEST360 established an evidenced-based, health-systems model to deliver, sustain, and scale a package of technologies and services to improve the quality of newborn care.
The NEST360 model enables countries to meet newborn survival targets by improving outcomes, saving newborn lives, and empowering the medical workforce of the future. The NEST360 model has been implemented in four countries with plans to expand to all of sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.