Helping Babies Breathe

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) 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. 

HBB in Peru

Partners in Peru

The Peru Helping Babies Breathe 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. 

HBB in Nepal
Photo Credit: Cohan Zarnoch

Partners in Nepal

Global Health Initiatives teamed up with Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital in Banepa, Nepal to train nurses and doctors on Helping Babies Breathe. In Nepal the neonatal mortality rate is approximately 28 deaths per 1,000 live births. In the U.S. the rate is approximately 6 per 1,000 live births.

Dr. Dale Mole, CEO of Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital, has seen a high need for this program, as many in the region have no formal training. “We still have a number of preventable deaths,” Dr. Mole said.

Prior to HBB training over 60% of Nepali nursing students could not perform the resuscitation skills required at birth. After the classes, 100% of participants could perform the needed resuscitation.