After a long and difficult labor, first-time mother Emily looked down to greet her child, a baby boy, and saw a limp, lifeless body. What should have been a moment of great joy turned into a terrifying struggle to breathe life into her newborn son.
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Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. The objective of HBB is to train birth attendants in developing countries the essential skills of newborn resuscitation, with the goal of having at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby.
The program is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO), and collaborators such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), and a number of other global health stakeholders.
USAID provides technical expertise in newborn health and will support the rollout and scale-up of the alliance through its Implementing Partner Programs: Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), Health Care Improvement (HCI), HealthTech (PATH), and CORE Group.