Addressing the Gaps
Launched in 2019, NEST360° will optimize, deploy, and scale rugged and affordable technologies for comprehensive newborn care; train current and future clinic staff on the use and maintenance of these tools, and educate the next generation of innovators; provide new tools and evidence to facilitate widespread adoption of NEST; and shape a functional market for newborn technologies.
These gaps impede the widespread adoption of comprehensive care for newborns in sub-Saharan Africa, so we've developed a comprehensive approach that directly targets these issues.
The NEST bundle includes a package of technologies that address the leading causes of newborn death in Africa: preterm birth, asphyxia (lack of oxygen), and infection. The package will include the most effective, affordable, and sustainable options available in the marketplace to ensure comprehensive newborn care. Technologies for eight product categories are already commercially available, with technologies for the other nine currently in development at Rice University or other organizations.