CIDRZ is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from The ELMA Foundation to help support the PREEMI Programme: Preterm Resources, Education and Effective Management for Infants. PREEMI will support implementation of proven and cost-effective antenatal and postnatal care interventions aimed at reducing perinatal morbidity and mortality among preterm infants. These are: use of antenatal corticosteroids and antibiotics for women and infants; provision of effective neonatal resuscitation and proper umbilical cord care; and supporting kangaroo-mother care (breastfeeding, bonding, and skin-to-skin contact). The overall aim of the programme is to support the Zambian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health in realizing the goals of the recently adopted Newborn Health Framework by integrating the PREEMI package into the national rollout strategy. National coverage of these interventions could reduce neonatal mortality among preterm infants by 75%.
The PREEMI programme will include improving the quality of antenatal care services, particularly for women at increased risk of preterm delivery, through community and staff education, introduction of checklists and improved clinical record keeping, mentorship in clinical protocols and risk assessment, and provision of logistical support for clinical supplies and equipment. PREEMI trained nurses will be seconded to their respective health facilities, where they will serve as ‘Change Champions’ helping to implement proven interventions, coordinate trainings, provide daily onsite mentorship to health facility staff and monitor the programme.
CIDRZ’s Dr Albert Manasyan will be the Principal Investigator responsible for the PREEMI Programme.