Our Goal

NEST360° is committed to reducing neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan African hospitals by 50 percent

Every year, nearly 1 million newborns die in sub-Saharan Africa. Our approach to newborn care 
can prevent the majority.

Although most African mothers now deliver in hospitals, these hospitals often lack the lifesaving resources that have been available for more than 50 years in high-income countries. NEST360° will reduce the neonatal mortality rate by optimizing effective and affordable devices, training clinicians and biomedical engineers, developing locally-owned data to drive quality of care, and shaping a marketplace that connects device manufacturers with health systems. 

Our Approach to Newborn Care


Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) is a global consortium committed to ensuring that every hospital in Africa can deliver life-saving care for small and sick newborns. NEST360° is an evidence-based model for sustainable health systems change to close gaps in technology, markets, and human resources for implementation of quality hospital-based newborn care at national scale. 

Three important developments are driving global commitment to reducing newborn mortality rates.

  1. We have powerful evidence that points to where and why newborn deaths occur.

  2. Newborn survival is receiving unprecedented international attention, with an established global target (SDG 3.2) and national commitments to end preventable newborn deaths by 2030.

  3. The majority of the world’s births now occur in hospitals, enabling health care providers to support more women and their babies.

Aligned with the World Health Organization and country goals, NEST360° aims to reduce 50% of newborn deaths in hospitals by developing and distributing a bundle of high-quality technologies and services for newborns.


NEST360° Initiative: Phase 1 Countries – Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

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Innovation Delivered

Developing and delivering a bundle of technologies for newborn care: The NEST bundle consists of 15 affordable, effective medical devices and diagnostic tools that address the needs of small and sick newborns for temperature stability, respiratory support, hydration and nutrition, infection prevention, and neonatal jaundice treatment. Grouping these products together at a greater volume allows for health systems to provide more effective care at a lower cost, and for developers and distributors to sell or service
at lower prices.

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Education Ecosystem

Building human resources to support newborn care and innovation: In addition to developing innovative technologies, NEST is educating clinicians and technicians on how to use and maintain the NEST tools which are creating employment opportunities, and building an ecosystem of innovators to create the next generation of technologies. This investment in education will provide the foundation for an innovation ecosystem and for future inventions needed for long-term health systems change.

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Learning to Scale

Developing policy and the investment case to sustain quality newborn care: NEST works within health systems to learn what is needed to successfully scale and sustain quality hospital-based newborn care at the national level, establishing the blueprint to optimize care of small and sick newborns. NEST is developing an investment case to help health systems planners advocate for investments in facility-based newborn care, catalyzing investments by donors and governments in these and other countries.

The NEST360° International Team

Consists of a multi-institutional and international team of engineers, doctors, and global health experts.

NEST360° TEAM includes members from:

3rd Stone Design; APIN Public Health Initiatives; Center for Public Health and Development; Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology; Hatch Technologies; Ifakara Health Institute; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Malawi University of Science & Technology; Northwestern University; Oxford KEMRI-Wellcome Trust; Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; University of Lagos; University of Ibadan; University of Malawi, College of Medicine; and University of Malawi, The Malawi Polytechnic.

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