NEST360° is announcing $68 million in funding commitments from a consortium, including some of the world’s largest private foundations, for the first phase of an eight-year initiative to enable African hospitals to improve newborn survival by 50 percent and to establish a pipeline of local innovators, technicians and medical staff.
The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) initiative is an international group led primarily by female engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Malawi. Its bold goal is to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of newborn babies each year by providing the tools and training needed to support comprehensive neonatal care throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The first phase of the program will focus on Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.
Northwestern is one of 13 different global institutions involved in the NEST360 program. Northwestern offers a multi-disciplinary approach across its schools including the Kellogg School of Management led by Palamountain and Ms. Rebecca Kirby; Feinberg School of Medicine led by Dr. Robert Murphy and Ms. Kate Klein; and McCormick School of Engineering led by professor Dr. Matt Glucksberg.
NEST360° supporters include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation and individual donors.