The aim of this project is to reduce neonatal mortality and maternal and paediatric infection through improved patient safety. A neonatal team and infection control nurses from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be leading training exercises/activities at CHUB such as: Infection prevention and surveillance; Management and treatment of common infections; Surveillance of infection; How to collect data; Hand hygiene; WHO surgical safety check list for maternity; Kangaroo mother care; Respiratory support.

Fields of work Maternal/Child Health
UK Partner Imperial College London
Developing Country Partner Butare University Teaching Hospital
Contact Charlotte Grady c.grady@imperial.ac.uk

The Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) has awarded the CIPM a Health Partnership Scheme Medium Paired Institutional Partnership Grant. CIPM will be delivering a training programme over a number of visits with the partner institution, Butare University Teaching Hospital (CHUB) in Rwanda. This grant will run from 1st March 2013 - 28th February 2015.

The aim of this project is to reduce neonatal mortality and maternal and paediatric infection through improved patient safety. A neonatal team and infection control nurses from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be leading training exercises/activities at BUTH such as:

  • Infection prevention and surveillance
  • Management and treatment of common infections
  • Surveillance of infection, how to collect data
  • Hand hygiene
  • WHO surgical safety check list for maternity
  • Kangaroo mother care
  • Respiratory support

The team working on this project includes experts from a variety of fields, such as infection prevention, patient safety and neonatology.

We will be updating you with news as the project progresses, so watch this space.

Administration and Emergency Building
Administration and Emergency Building

Laboratory Building
Laboratory Building

 

 

A team of 9 flew out to meet our Rwandan partners for the first THET visit from 14-18th October 2013. The team was warmly welcomed by our partners at Butare University Teaching Hospital (CHUB).
The main aims of this visit were to:
  • Continue building relationships within the partnership
  • Review Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and nasal high flow therapy (NHF)
  • Train all staff involved in neonatal care in CPAP and NHF
  • Review newborn infant feeding
  • Review neonatal care with staff and provide intensive medical and nurse training as required
  • Introduce new neonatal notes
  • Review infection surveillance and hand hygiene within the neonatal and paediatric units
  • Collect neonatal data and consider how to improve data collection

The team and their work in Butare

Dr Tom Lissauer, Honorary Consultant Neonatologist, Kathy Mellor, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Dr Emily Robertson, Paediatric Specialist Registrar, delivered training to resident doctors, nurses and midwives in neonatalogy and child health, particularly assisting with the usage of CPAP, NHF and the new neonatal patient notes system.

Two neonatal nurses, Chris Fearn and Sue Robinson, volunteered to join the visit as part of BirthLink's work in Rwanda. They worked alongside nurses and new mothers in the care of newborn babies on the neonatal unit.

Clare Johnstone, Lead Nurse - Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), led training on IPC and discussed how to improve infection control and surveillance with the Director of IPC and key staff at CHUB. She also completed hand hygiene audits in different areas of the hospital.

Two lactation consultants, Annie Aloysius and Karen Platonos, volunteered to join the visit as part of BirthLink's work in Rwanda. They worked with nurses, midwives and new mothers to help them with breastfeeding, kangaroo care and the set up of a breastfeeding room within the neonatal unit.

Charlotte Grady, Head of Education - CIPM, also visited to meet the team in Butare, project manage and assist with data collection.

Rwandan mother with her baby at the incubator

Rwanda mother holding her baby and her expressed milk