Helping Babies Breathe® Project Report April 2012
Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) continues rapid implementation, particularly throughout Eastern Africa. It has been introduced into 34 countries with 23 of these having support from USAID. Our many partners have supported the training of at least 58,000 health providers since the launch in June 2010. Preliminary data from one country in Africa shows a significant decline in newborn deaths. Watch the Lancet for a soon to be published article that will cite specific data.
Other accomplishments for this quarter include recognition from the WHO Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH). They consider HBB to be one of the evidence-based essential interventions. In addition, the African Union Commission included newborn resuscitation and other newborn indicators in the Monitoring and Evaluation Indicator Reference Guide for annual tracking from member countries.
Our advocacy efforts have resulted in the UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health to identify resuscitation devices as one of the nine essential commodities that must receive increased attention. Increasing the availability of equipment for learning and practice will make it easier to conduct HBB training, and will ultimately save more babies from birth asphyxia.
A primary resource for HBB facilitators, the HBB Implementation Guide, is now available for download on the HBB Web site. The Helping Babies Breathe Facilitator Video was finalized just this month and will soon be available for free access on www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org.
Looking forward in 2012, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently secured multi-million dollar funding for an impact evaluation of HBB in India and Kenya. The Kenya study will kick off later this year. Let’s also give a shout-out to Johnson and Johnson for their support of HBB in Kenya! The AAP will begin partnering with J&J on a stakeholder meeting and HBB training efforts later this year
The AAP and our many HBB implementing partners continue to appreciate the generosity of all those who have supported the HBB initiative. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas to spread the word about HBB.
Submitted by Eileen Hopkins Schoen, Manager, Helping Babies Breathe Initiative, American Academy of Pediatrics.
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