In the five years that Helping Babies Breathe has been implemented in 77 international locations, a clear result has emerged: Saving more newborns and improving their lives is achievable even in low-resource countries and without advanced medical training.

A new report, Helping Babies Breathe: Lessons learned guiding the way forward, celebrates efforts to reduce neonatal morbidity and mortality and strengthen performance of providers who prevent and manage newborn asphyxia in low-resource settings. It also examines data collected from 2010 through 2014, while outlining next steps and goals for improvement.

This mother (right) gave birth in Bangladesh. Her baby was not breathing on delivery, but her skilled birth attendant (left) had completed a Helping Babies Breathe course two weeks earlier. Training and resuscitation equipment helped the newborn survive and thrive.

Five years ago, pediatricians knew that about 30% of deaths could be prevented through newborn resuscitation, yet few of the...

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