Project #8871

Helping Babies Breathe

by American Academy of Pediatrics
Oct 11, 2012

Helping Babies Breathe Report Update

Helping Babies Breathe® Project Report                                        July 2012

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) continues rapid implementation,
particularly throughout Eastern Africa.  It has been introduced into 48 countries now,
21 of which are supported by USAID.  HBB
has been introduced in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, 
Cambodia, East Timor, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan,
Thailand, Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia,
Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Morocco, Namibia,
Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia,
Zimbabwe, Georgia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and
Trinidad/Tobago. Of these countries, about 10 have developed national rollout

Our many partners have supported the training of at least 80,000
health providers since the launch in June 2010. 
Preliminary data from one country in Africa shows a 45% decline in
newborn deaths from birth asphyxia.  The
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
has begun their impact evaluation of HBB in Kenya.  We look forward to positive results from that

Notable accomplishments for this period include:

  • At the Child Survival Call to Action forum
    convened by the Governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia, and
    organized in close collaboration with UNICEF, a global roadmap
    advocated for five strategic shifts, including targeting neonatal conditions,
    to end preventable child deaths.
  • In collaboration with the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for
    Women and Children, Global Development Alliance (GDA) partners analyzed the global
    landscape on status, needs,
    and constraints regarding resuscitation devices (bag and mask, suction bulbs),
    and submitted recommendations
    to increase access to them. 
    Resuscitation devices are one of 13 commodities that have been
    identified by the UN Commission as essential but under-utilized. 
  • HBB was voted by Women Deliver as one
    of 50 most inspiring ideas
    and solutions. 
    More than 6,000 people voted
    from around the world.
  • Members of the GDA participated in an expert
    technical consultation convened by the WHO to review and update the Basic Newborn Resuscitation Guidelines.  TheAAP response to the guidelines and how they apply to HBB can be found on  
  • In an interview with Forbes, the USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, cited the
    HBB GDA as one of the most effective partnerships that USAID has entered into.
  • A primary resource for HBB facilitators, the HBB
    Facilitator Video is now available for free access on

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 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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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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