New-born Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST) – By Grace Irimu & Mike English
Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST) is a program that aims to reduce the
rate of newborn deaths in Kenya by half by 2030.
Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST 360°) is a multi-country program that
aims to reduce these deaths in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Nigeria by half by 2022. Most
newborn deaths can be prevented by ensuring effective use of lifesaving medical
technologies. NEST 360° endeavors to provide and make accessible devices selected to
address the leading causes of newborn death, like breathing difficulties, infection, jaundice
and hypothermia. These issues especially affect the most vulnerable babies who are born prematurely.
In Kenya, NEST 360° is a collaboration between The Division of Newborn and Child Health (DNCH) at the Department of Family Health (DFH) Ministry of Health (MoH), Kenya Pediatric Association (KPA) through the Kenya Pediatrics Research Consortium (KEPRECON), KEMRI – Wellcome Trust Research program (KWTRP)and Center for Public Health & Development (CPHD). NEST 360° is being implemented in 13 county and
county referral hospitals.