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FYI: Decade of Helping Babies Breathe :

June 1, 2020

It has been a decade since Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) launched in Washington, D.C., with the inaugural training of 100 global health experts.

The evidence-based neonatal resuscitation teaching program for resource-limited areas,, HBB has become a signature AAP global health program and saved an incalculable number of newborn lives. Recently, HBB earned recognition for its success through endorsement and support from the World Health Organization as the official essential newborn care curriculum.

Since 2010, HBB has been used by partners and government partners to train over a half million individuals in more than 80 countries. In 2013, results from Tanzania included a 47% reduction in early neonatal mortality and 24% reduction in fresh stillbirths.

The program also contributed to the development of Essential Care for Every Baby in 2014 and Essential Care for Small Babies in 2015. The Helping Babies Survive suite of neonatal care curricula influenced the development of complementary curricula for resource-limited environments, including Helping Mothers Survive maternal care curricula and Saving Children’s Lives for critically ill children.

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