Helping Babies Breathe

Overview

 

Some one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia, the inability to breathe, chiefly in low-resource locations. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based educational program to teach basic neonatal resuscitation techniques in such settings, developed on the premise that straightforward newborn care can save many lives.

 

HBB-Student2This one-day HBB Master Trainer Course is a hands-on experience that equips participants with basic newborn resuscitation skills, emphasizing respiratory support, as well as preparation to partner with local health leaders to transfer these skills to birth attendants in resource limited settings. This is also a practical skill set that can inspire future global health volunteerism. HBB can be effectively combined with other curricula such as management of maternal delivery and early neonatal care.

 

HBB is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and a number of other global health organizations.

 

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