Since 2014, Chiesi Foundation is actively developing its own program in the field of neonatology: the NEST - Neonatal Essential Survival Technology - Project.
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). Moreover the Chiesi Foundation supports training programs in Azerbaijan, Mongolia and Ukraine in the framework of the "School of Neonatology" project.