Nest Neonatal Essential Survival Technology

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Reducing neonatal mortality rate by improving the quality of neonatal care in countries with limited resources, with specific attention to premature, sick, unwell and small for gestational age babies.
Hospitals Health Facilities 4
Private Foundation or Development Organization 1

The project was created from a reflection on the existing inequalities in terms of access to appropriate neonatal care in the different regions of the world. The NEST Project aims at reducing neonatal mortality rate by improving the quality of neonatal care in countries with limited resources, with specific attention to premature, sick, unwell and small for gestational age babies.

To achieve this goal, the NEST Project intervenes on three main fronts:

  • training programs on essential newborn care for local healthcare providers, with particular attention to the role of neonatal nurses
  • the support to the setting up and organization of neonatal units, with appropriate means and medical equipment adequate to the local contexts
  • the adoption of guidelines and protocols on essential newborn care, in accordance with national and international updated standards

Within the NEST Project, Chiesi Foundation is working with the Saint Camille Hospital in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), the Saint Jean de Dieu Hospital in Tangiuetá (Benin), the Hospital of Ngozi (Burundi) and the Hospital Yendube des Enfants in Dapaong (Togo).

Results and milestones

Burkina Faso: since 2010 the Chiesi Foundation collaborates with the Saint Camille Hospital in Ouagadougou (HOSCO). Chiesi Foundation financed the refurbishment and the expansion of the neonatal care unit and set up a kangaroo mother care room (KMC) and a nursing area to guarantee mothers’ constant presence.The new building was inaugurated at the beginning of 2017 and is now fully equipped and operational.

Benin: since 2012, the Chiesi Foundation has been collaborating with the Fatebenefratelli Congregation which runs the Saint Jean de Dieu Hospital in Tanguietá.The collaboration has fundamentally two scopes: on one side, through scholarships (3-year study grant), we aim to increase the retention rate of key medical staff. On the other side, we provide adequate equipment for the neonatal unit in order to complete the unit set-up.

Burindi: since 2014 Chiesi Foundation collaborates with Pro Africa Foundation to support the provincial Hospital of Ngozi (HAN). On June 1st 2018, the new Department of Neonatology was inaugurated and put into operation.The new Neonatal Unit covers a large area dedicated to newborn care, consisting of 2 neonatal intensive care rooms, 1 KMC room for the practice of the Kangaroo method in the ward, one isolation room for the most critical cases, 2 inpatient rooms, meeting rooms for medical and nursing staff. The new department has been designed to be a model of Neonatology suitable for low-resource countries.

Togo: in 2018 the Chiesi Foundation started a partnership with the Yendube des Enfants Hospital (HEY) in Dapaong. The neonatal care unit was inaugurated in April 2018. Before the start of the activity in the new building, the first training program for the local healthcare providers took place, promoted by the Chiesi Foundation with the involvment of an international expert neonatologist.

Geographic Reach
Disease Area
Target Population
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Women
  • People with low incomes
SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  1. 3.2: Reduce Under-5 Mortality 
  2. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 
Partner organizations
Hospitals Health Facilities

Hospital of Ngozi (Burundi)

Hospital of Saint Camille (Ouagadougou)

Hospital of Saint Jean de Dieu (Tanguietà)

Hospital Yendubè (Dapaong)

Private Foundation or Development Organization

Fondazione Pro Africa

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