The University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, is Zambia's main tertiary referral centre, receiving admissions from across the country. In the maternity unit there are roughly 60 births every day, of which roughly 1 in 6 will be admitted to the neonatal unit. There are 300 neonatal admissions per month and the mortality rate is over 580 deaths per 1000 admissions!. The 'CHANCE' intervention programme is generously supported by 'Kids Here & There', a children's charity based in Columbus, Ohio. The objective of the programme is to implement a range of simple and scalable interventions to significantly reduce infant mortality on the unit.
Milk powder specially formualted for pre-term neonates is crucial to improve growth in pre-term neonates and to reduce the incidence of necrotizing entercolitis
Infusion pumps allow the automated and measured delivery of glucose and medicines to maintain optimal dose over time, providing better patient care and reducing infection control hazards
Neonatal suctioning machines are essential to clear babies airways of fluids. An insufficient number of machines, and consumables, and inadequate sterilisation, poses a great infection risk.
NICU staff receiving training in neonatal resuscitation and infection control
Are you a neonatal nurse or doctor looking for volunteering opportunities in Zambia? We host visiting specialists for short periods of 1-3 months.
For more information and to discuss how you might be able to help please email the programme director:
Dr Matthew Bates
This baby's mother had advanced Kaposi's Sarcoma, and was unable to come and feed her baby
Two in the bed and the little one said... "please buy more incubators so I can have have my own bed"