Photo courtesy of Maternal and Child Survival Program

Small groups gather around infant models as AAP members teach essential steps in newborn care at a three-day course in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Seventy-eight learners from nine Asian countries were trained in the newest program of the Helping Babies Survive (HBS) curricula, Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB). The group also participated in Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) training at the April meeting, which was attended by World Health Organization, USAID and UNICEF leaders.

The HBS curricula — Helping Babies Breathe, ECEB and ECSB — address the top causes of neonatal mortality: preterm birth, intrapartum asphyxia and neonatal infections, said Nalini Singhal, M.D., FAAP, director of the Survive & Thrive Helping Babies Survive workshop.

“All three programs are simple, hands on, have cooperative learning, purposeful development of educational models and ongoing professional development,” she said.

The HBS curricula will be exhibited as...

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