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Helping Babies Breathe Trains 300,000 Health Workers to Save Newborn Lives

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jun 15, 2015 05:31 PM
Contributors: USAID
The World Health Organization estimates 1 million newborns die each year from birth asphyxia – the inability to breathe immediately after delivery. Between 2010 and 2015, the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Global Development Alliance, an innovative public-private partnership, helped to train nearly 300,000 health workers in 77 countries to save newborns within the first minute of life.
In its 5-year progress report, just released, Helping Babies Breathe reports the first countries to adopt and implement this training are seeing promising results.
  • Seven countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) reported newborn resuscitation success rates ranging from 79 percent to 89 percent.
  • In Tanzania, the impact study of HBB conducted among 80,000 births over 2 years reported significant reductions in early newborn mortality (47 percent) and in stillbirth (24 percent).
Helping Babies Breathe is part of the Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance of U.S. Government, professional-health-association, private-sector and non-profit partners working alongside country governments and health professionals to improve health outcomes for mothers, newborns and children.

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