New information on newborn survival is available
World Prematurity Day
The third COINN-developed webinar ia available
Save the date! COINN conference
COINN and GEI launch joint new global campaign and website – Engage for Healthy Newborns


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Neonatal Nursing Excellence Award


2010 -  International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Award (sponsored by Save the Children and COINN) 

Regina Obeng, nurse from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana, and Rekha Samant, nurse from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India were the recipients of the first International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Award during the opening ceremony of the 7th International Neonatal Nursing Conference in Durban, South Africa on October, 24, 2010.  Watch the video about your passionate colleagues who are changing the world.

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Christine Sammy (Kitui, Kenya), Anila Ali Bardai (Karachi, Pakistan) and Netsayi Gowero (Blantyre, Malawi) are the awardees of the 2013 International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Award presented at the opening ceremony of the 8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Watch the videos (created by Save the Children and Healthy Newborn Network):

- Interviews with the awardees by with Professor Joy Lawn (Save the Children and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) directly from Belfast

- Videos about your colleagues who won these awards



Christine Sammy, Kitui, Kenya – top award winner. Senior nursing officer and a neonatal pediatric nurse at Kitui District Hospital provides care to mothers and infants 180 kilometers east of Nairobi and trains others to do so. Christine runs trainings and supervision for newborn resuscitation. Her diligence in data management and infection control contributed to an infant mortality reduction from over 50% in 2010 to below 10% in 2012 in Kitui Hospital. Christine is continuing her education in newborn care and hospital management and recently received an academic scholarship from the German International Cooperation organization. She also won Staff of the Year Award in her hospital this year.

Anila Ali Bardai, Karachi, Pakistan  – top award winner. Head nurse at the Aga Khan University Hospital, she strives to reduce infant mortality and support families who have lost babies. She leads research and evidence-based practices in the NICU and teaches new staff nurses and students. She works in bereavement care and infection prevention, and provides counseling to mothers of sick babies during stressful times. Her contributions have helped to standardize newborn care throughout the hospital and have improved infection rates, resulting in a decrease in newborn mortality. Anila has also been involved in outreach work for newborn care gaining wide community respect.

Netsayi Gowero, Blantyre, Malawi  – runner-up award winner. Registered Nurse Midwife at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, she specializes in the care of sick and preterm babies. A the hospital’s Chatinkha Nursery Unit, Netsayi provides new mothers with breastfeeding support, teaches Kangaroo care and helps to manage newborn infections. She is a role model and mentor who is seeking to translate scientific evidence in newborn care.


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World Prematurity Day 2014

UntitledDear supporter,

I’m writing to let you know about the fourth annual World Prematurity Day, and to ask for your help.
As a supporter of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc., you know better than most that premature babies aren’t just small. Many of them — more than 1 million babies each year — won’t make it to their first birthday. Every year 15 million babies are born too soon.  One million of these die from preterm birth complications that is 1 out of every 3 deaths among newborn babies!!
Premature birth is the number 1 cause of death during the first months of life. And babies who make it often face a lifetime of medical setbacks.
Critical research is the key to identifying the causes of premature birth so that we can better prevent it. And funding is vital to bringing effective, medical interventions to all the places where they are needed. Raising awareness of premature birth is the first step to defeating it. Please help us spread the word.
If you use Facebook or Twitter, please join the global community to share stories, spread hope and save lives. For Facebook, visit worldprematurityday and on Twitter use the hashtag #worldprematurityday.   Tell your friends that World Prematurity Day is November 17.  Take Action to raise awareness!  Spread the word by sharing posts, like the page, and telling everyone you know to do the same.  Together we will make a difference!

Thank you in advance for your help.

Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director
Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc.

Sample Postings


  • Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide. World Prematurity Day aims to change that. Click to “like” @worldprematurityday and join us.
  • Did you know that more babies die from premature birth than from better-known health problems like malaria and AIDS? “Like” @worldprematurityday and find out how you can help.
  • Every year, 1.1 million babies die because they were born prematurely. At least 75% of these deaths can be prevented. “Like” @worldprematurityday and find out how you can help.


  • More than 1 million premature babies die each year. Join us in getting these babies the help they need: #worldprematurityday