Project #8871

Helping Babies Breathe

by American Academy of Pediatrics


Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), is an evidence-based educational program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. The objective of HBB is to train birth attendants in developing countries in the skills of newborn resuscitation, with the goal of having at least one person skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every child. Gifts to HBB are processed through the Friends of Children Fund, the philanthropic arm of the AAP
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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery). The HBB program addresses this challenge as well as helping to move forward Millennium Development Goal #4 (MDG4) a reduction of child mortality by two thirds from 1990 to 2015.


By training birth attendants in developing countries in the essential skills of newborn resuscitation, the goal of having at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby is a reality.

Long-Term Impact

Helping Babies Breathe when fully activated is projected to save 1 million newborn lives every year.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


HBB saves newborn lives in resource limited areas
American Academy of Pediatrics

Organization Information

American Academy of Pediatrics

Location: Elk Grove Village, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Eileen Schoen
Manager, Helping Babies Breathe Initiative
Elk Grove Village, IL United States

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