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Winners of the Neonatal Nursing Excellence Awards
The third COINN-developed webinar ia available


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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 2013


In celebration of World Prematurity Day The Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) reiterates its support for the Every Newborn Action Plan and its aim to reduce neonatal deaths globally.

Worldwide each year over 15 million babies are born too soon – before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy – that is one out of every 10 babies.1  Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths with over a million babies dying as a result of complications, and now the number two cause of child deaths globally, after pneumonia.2  Babies who survive preterm birth may face a lifetime of disability. As countries move into the last push towards achieving Millennium Development Goal  4 for child survival and have also pledged support to A Promise Renewed, progress in reducing neonatal mortality has repeatedly been identified as a major hurdle. Addressing preterm births and improving care of preterm babies is critical to reducing newborn deaths.

750 000 babies could be saved every year in 75 high priority countries through the provision of basic, low cost methods such as antenatal corticosteroids, a clean delivery environment, effective neonatal resuscitation, kangaroo mother care, antibiotics when indicated, continuous positive airway pressure and the provision of breast milk and breastfeeding.

Neonatal nurses have a vital role to play in the delivery of these basic interventions. Without nurses dedicated to the care of sick and preterm babies even these basic interventions are difficult to deliver. In order to improve quality of care and prevent disability skilled nursing care is required at all levels. COINN therefore also calls for non-rotational, trained nurses to care for these sick and preterm babies.

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1. Blencowe H, Cousens S, Oestergaard M, Chou D, Moller AB, Narwal R, Adler A, Garcia CV, Rohde S, Say L, Lawn JE. National, regional, and worldwide estimates of preterm birth rates in the year 2010 with time trends since 1990 for selected countries: a systematic analysis and implications. The Lancet, June 2012. 9;379(9832):2162-72. Country estimates updated with The UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, 2013.

2. Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Lawn JE et al. 2012. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2000–2010: an updated systematic analysis. The Lancet, June 2012. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60560-1. Country estimates updated with The UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, 2013.