• Helping Babies Breathe

  • Educating local providers on neonatal care.

    Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based educational program designed to teach birth attendants around the world how to respond to some of the early dangers faced by babies in resource-constrained settings. HBB training focuses on keeping babies alive through the first five minutes of life.

    Helping Babies Breathe baby BelenHBB was developed by the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other global health leaders with the goal of reducing deaths among babies in the first 28 days of life. Together with partners in Peru and Haiti, GHI has brought this training to regions that struggle with high newborn death rates.

    The regions of Loreto, Peru and Artibonite, Haiti face challenges of poverty and lack of access to high quality medical care. Often, babies are delivered at home or in healthcare settings without supervision by a skilled attendant. Our train-the-trainer model ensures not only that these birth attendants can intervene when a baby is born not breathing, but also that local providers can teach their peers and create a network of trained attendants.

  • The Peru HBB project is based in the Amazon basin city of Iquitos and targets some areas of the geographically isolated Loreto region. With support from our partner hospital Clinica Adventista Ana Stahl and the regional Ministry of Health, we have employed three Peruvian staff to assist with implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the program. Since the project began in July 2015, over 200 health professionals have completed HBB training and we have already learned of several lives that were saved due to their HBB skills. We hope to expand the geographic scope of our training program beginning in July 2016.

    Several U.S. and Haitian partners play a role in GHI’s Haiti HBB project targeting the poor Artibonite region. Partners include Hôpital Alma Mater in Gros Morne, L’hôpital St. Francois de Sales in Port-au-Prince, La Providence Hospital in Gonaïves, and the LDS Church. Recent training efforts in Haiti have included HBB courses held in January and March 2016 with 25 and 60+ participants, respectively.

    As plans take shape for continuing the HBB project in Artibonite over the next fiscal year, we will hire at least two Haitian staff to assist with operations. An important part of this program has been the inclusion of the lay “matrons” who often have little formal training in medicine but deliver a majority of babies in Haitian homes. By adding to the skillset of these critical providers, we hope that every baby will be given the best chance to survive the birth process.

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