A feedback dissemination meeting on the just concluded Nairobi newborn study took place on Monday 30th January and was attended by 75 delegates. Discussions were on: routine newborn care in newborn units, infrastructure and services available in health facilities, accessibility of drugs, newborn care in the maternity wards, material and human resource capacity, utilization of inpatient newborn services; and the quality of existing services.
Representatives from 32 health facilities across Nairobi City County from public, private and faith-based hospitals who participated in the study attended. Partners in the study including the Ministry of Health, the Nursing Council of Kenya, the University of Nairobi, UNICEF, the University of Nairobi and Save the Children were also present.
The ongoing study is part of a larger study referred to as Health Services that Deliver for Newborns (HSD-N) and has five phases, which are: exploring the quality of and need for inpatient neonatal care in Nairobi City County; exploring the context of neonatal nursing, how nurses manage the pressures of working in a newborn unit; task analysis, describing tasks missed care, quantifying tasks done and those not done; understanding what influences the ability of nurses to provide quality inpatient care; documenting the roles and perceptions of mothers of hospitalized sick newborns. The last phase of the study is due for completion in the first quarter of 2018.