Is Breast still BEST during COVID -19 Pandemic ?

 “All too often, breastfeeding is overlooked as a key lifesaving intervention, especially in emergencies. At the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, we must make sure that breastfeeding is top of mind among all those involved in funding, planning and implementing an emergency response.” Dr Francesco Branca, WHO Director of Nutrition for Health and Development, […]

Survive and Thrive Report

Every year, 30 million newborn’s born to soon or to small are at risk for death and disability. Globally, we are still far from reaching the Sustainable Development Goal of neonatal mortality of 12/1000 live births by 2030. An estimated 2.5 million newborn’s die within the neonatal period and a further estimated one million small […]

President’s Ponderings: COVID-19 causes Division!

We experience very strange times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we see various responses to it. We see some conflicting and confusing approaches such as in some NICUs where parent’s visitation is limited while others still embrace the concept of ‘no separation’. There are also questions such as: Should the parents wear masks when […]

Eastern Cape branch Workshop

The Eastern Cape NNASA branch is made of 5 Hospitals 2 Public and 3 Private Hospitals in the Nelson Mandela Bay District. We held our annual workshop on the 22nd November at Dora Nginza Hospital, Port Elizabeth. It was clear nurses are hungry for information as attendance was excellent with 100 delegates attending including doctors […]

Western Cape Workshop.

The Tygerberg Hospital Neonatal Nurses Seminar hosted by Stellenbosch University, supported by NNASA and the Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust. 26 November 2019. In the Cape, we are privileged to have cost-free annual seminars, meticulously planned by the respected, energetic and committed Arina Jenkins, the recipient of the Neonatal Nursing Excellence award at the NNASA Conference […]

World Prematurity Day 2019

World Prematurity Day 2019: Parents at the helm, babies #BornTooSoon at the heart From healthy Newborn Network: Mary Kinney, Amialya Durairaj World Prematurity Day, which takes place on 17 November, is a key day in the global health calendar that reaches millions of people each year through the media and events all over the world to […]

President’s Ponderings

Sadly this will be my last message as President. After 13 years it has come time for me to step down as President of NNASA. I will be leaving you in the capable hands of Carin Maree and the rest of the board. Don’t despair-I will remain on the board to assist and support them […]


As we are only holding our conferences biannually it is very difficult to try and hold a face to face AGM. We have therefore decided, this year, to hold it electronically. You can download the “minutes” from our meeting by clicking below. Should anyone have any questions, concerns or matters they would like to raise […]

Save the Date!

NNASA will be hosting its 9th National Neonatal Nurses Conference from 3-4 June 2020 at the Wanderer’s club in Johannesburg-Yes we are finally coming to Gauteng again! On the Gautrain bus route and with plentiful accommodation options in the area there is no excuse not to come. The conference theme is Purposeful Passion and you […]