25 October 2019
The NEST Model in the WHO “Survive and Thrive” Report
Within the “Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn” Report, recently published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is a case study of the NEST – Neonatal Essential Survival Technologies – Model in Burkina Faso. On page 65, within the chapter ‘Deliver the care they are entitled to’, the implantation of the NEST Model in the Saint Camille Hospital in Ouagadougou (HOSCO) is described: ‘Nine steps to success in Burkina Faso’.
For those who, like us, work in global health, with a focus on access to high quality neonatal care, the publication of this report is of significant value. Survive and Thrive is in fact one of the few international publications that occupies itself on the topic of neonatal care, with a focus on premature, pathological and low birth weight infants. This is a report in which the urgency, the need, for us to begin taking care of the smallest and most vulnerable babies is emphasised, because if the quality of neonatal care and the care of the mother is not improved, we will not be able to reach the third sustainable development goal set by the United Nations, dedicated to health and wellbeing (SDG3).
To be featured in this report is a very important step, not only for NEST which is being recognised at an international level as a successful intervention method, but also for HOSCO and all the staff in its neonatology department who have worked tirelessly in recent years to improve the quality of care.
”Six years have now passed since our first visit to the neonatology department at HOSCO. A difficult experience that did not leave us indifferent, and that made us understand that we had to do something to ensure that access to quality neonatal care is not seen as a privilege. And so, in 2014, we created the NEST Model with the aim of contributing to the reduction of neonatal mortality rates through the improvement of the quality of care given to neonates in middle- and low-income countries, with particular attention paid to prenatal, pathological and low birth weight babies. In 2015, the NEST Model was implemented in HOSCO and, year after year, we have achieved important goals, with one of the latest goals being the introduction of CPAP – Continuous Positive Air Pressure – the first non-invasive ventilation system in Burkina Faso.”