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