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IMPACT: Dr. Mwinyi to advocate quality newborn care in Zanzibar

Jan. 28, 2022
IMPACT: Dr. Mwinyi to advocate quality newborn care in Zanzibar
Dr. Mwinyi's portrait inset on the offical photo of the Zanzibar State House. GRAPHIC/PHOTOS | IFAKARAComs/Courtesy

The President of Zanzibar, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, has promised to be an advocate towards improving quality newborn care in Zanzibar. He issued the promise during talks with the NEST360 program delegation on January 25th 2022 at the State House in Zanzibar.

Dr. Mwinyi, who had briefly engaged with a six-men delegation from NEST360 program, emphasized on the need to decongest Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and improve care at the district level and that a health system approach is key in addressing the challenges.

The Zanzibar leader and NEST360 program officials, discussed the potential of implementing the NEST program in Zanzibar. NEST team members who joined the delegation include, the program’s officials for Tanzania: Program’s Country Lead – Dr. Honorati Masanja.

Other delegation members were: the NEST360 program's Coordinator – Donat Shamba, Clinical and Neonatal Follow up Lead – Dr. Nahya Salim, Clinical advisors - Prof. Karim Manji and Dr. Georgina Msemo, and Rice360 Country Director and NEST360 Liaison - Catherine Paul.

At the meeting, the team briefed Dr. Mwinyi how the program is being implemented in Tanzania Mainland and its potential to save lives and improve the quality of newborn care.

About NEST 360
Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360) is a global consortium committed to reducing newborn deaths by 50% in hospitals, currently conducted in Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, and Nigeria. The program is an evidence-based model for sustainable health systems change to close the gaps in technology, markets, and human resources for implementation of quality hospital-based newborn care at national scale.

In Tanzania, the NEST program works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, to improve the quality of comprehensive newborn care units as stipulated in the National guideline for neonatal care and establishment of neonatal care units.

Phase I of the program started late 2019 in three tertiary hospitals i.e. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH Upanga), Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH Mloganzila) and Mbeya Zonal Referral hospital. Implementation at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre will start in February 2022. The three regional referral hospitals in Dar es Salaam i.e. Mwananyamala, Amana and Temeke started implementation in 2020. The tertiary hospitals will be the ‘learning hubs’ to ensure mentorship and supportive supervision within the selected regions.

>> Learn more about the program here.