Togo is a West African state overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, bordered by Brukina Faso to the north, Benin to the east and Ghana to the west. Located in the northern part of the country, a few kilometers from the border with Burkina Faso, Dapaong is the main city of the Savannah Region and is 638km far from the capital city, Lomé.
At the end of 2017, Chiesi Foundation started a partnership with the Yendube des Enfants Hospital (HEY) in Dapaong. It is a religious healthcare facility founded in 1962 and run by the Hospital Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The hospital provides pediatric and emergency services and admits children from 0 to 10 years old. The facility has a significant impact for what the fight against pediatric diseases concerns throughout the Region of Savane, thanks to important preventive and training activities in the surrounding villages.
The objectives of the collaboration with HEY in the framework of the NEST project are:
- the completion of the layout and organization of the neonatal ward
- the improvement in the neonatal care practices
- the training of the healthcare providers dedicated to the neonatal unit
- the promotion of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) practice
The neonatal care unit was inaugurated in April 2018. Moreover, in April the first training program for the local healthcare providers took place.