Day One Heath addresses the multiple challenges that hospitals in low-resource environments face with equipment in reducing neonatal mortality and morbidity. With its partners, Day One uses a three-part model that develops and provides appropriate equipment, intensive training and on going support to program facilities. Together, this helps save the lives and health of new born suffering from common and easily treatable conditions, such as jaundice, respiratory distress, sepsis and hypothermia.
The program provides low-cost, appropriate, and durable medical equipment produced by Medical Technology Transfer and Services (MTTS), a medical device company based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Neonatal equipment includes phototherapy machines to treat jaundice, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines to treat respiratory distress syndrome, infant warmers to prevent hypothermia, and alcohol-based hand gel containing chlorhexidine to control infection. In addition, Day One Health also often provides medical devices produced by other, similar minded, social enterprises producing devices appropriate for low resource environments
The program provides intensive training for nurses, physicians and technicians. Topics include proper machine usage, jaundice prevention and treatment, thermal regulation, infection control, respiratory distress syndrome management, CPAP ventilation, and prevention of retinopathy of prematurity. Following initial trainings at national referral facilities, a train-the- trainer methodology systematically radiates knowledge and practice throughout a country’s public health system
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
On going maintenance support of medical devices so that they remain functional and in use by clinicians is key to the program’s success. The program partners with local technicians to ensure machines are repaired and maintained with locally available parts. To offer on going support, the program monitors equipment usage to rapidly identify any problems and ensure that equipment is being utilized properly.