Malawi: Nest (360) Program Commits to Improving the Quality of Care for Newborns in Malawi

Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies – NEST (360) Program – has expressed commitment to complementing government efforts to improve the quality of care given to small and sick newborns in Malawi.

NEST (360) Program is a project under the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), which is working in collaboration with MOH in partnership with hospitals health training institutions, and other development partners to catalyze country-led change to develop and sustain comprehensive small and sick newborn care (SSNC), support innovation, develop an education ecosystem, and implement evidence-based care.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day Small and Sick Newborns Care (SSNC) Stakeholders’ Meeting in Lilongwe on Monday, NEST (360) Program Country Director, Evelyn Zimba, disclosed that Malawi is one of the countries registering a high number of preterm births.

Zimba said her organization has been working with the Ministry of Health to address gaps in the sector by, among others, providing pre-service and in-service training packages to help build capacity of clinicians and biometric technicians to use, maintain, and repair bundle technologies.

She also disclosed that NEST (360) has been providing equipment to the public and Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) facilities to ease the challenges the facilities face in providing care to SSNC.

“So, we gave that equipment and installed it in 38 public health facilities and the selected nine CHAM facilities. So install equipment followed by user training because we want everybody to have the knowhow on how to use that equipment because we have seen it before that some equipment, you buy new equipment, somebody just tries trial and error then it gets damaged,” she explained.