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A Systems Strategy to Optimise Inpatient Neonatal Care (PI Mike English). Progress has been made in reducing child mortality in Kenya but this has been limited by still high levels of neonatal mortality. Reducing neonatal mortality will in part require major improvements in the quality of care provided to sick newborns in hospitals. SONIC is a 3 phase, multi-year that is studying a clinical network model as an intervention strategy to improve service delivery in 12 Kenyan hospitals.

Composite photo: photo of the Systems Strategy to Optimise Inpatient Neonatal Care (SONIC) working group alongside of a photo of newborns in bassinets

Our aim is to co-design strategies that result in large scale change focusing on effective delivery of high-impact neonatal interventions and high quality continuous supportive care with the ultimate aim of achieving improved early post-natal growth and in-hospital survival.

The SONIC project builds on the successes of the Kenyan Clinical Information Network that was initiated in 2013 and now involves 16 hospitals. The Clinical Information Network is a partnership between Oxford, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, County Hospitals and the Kenya Paediatric Association to promote the generation and use of high quality routine information on hospital admissions and that supports implementation and health services research as well as more specific pragmatic intervention studies.

The SONIC project will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, specialists in health informatics and social and organisational scientists coordinated to evaluate this complex intervention. This team is made up of Kenyan and Oxford-based scientists who are helping to build the field of evaluation of large scale change efforts in global health.