Quang Tri and Thuy Thien Hue Provinces in Viet Nam
Sitagu Hospitals, Shan State in Myanmar
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery). The Helping Babies Breathe program addresses this challenge by training birth attendants in developing countries in the essential skills of newborn resuscitation, with the goal of having at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby.
Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. It is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with WHO, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and a number of other global health organizations. A key concept of HBB is The Golden Minute ®: Within one minute of birth, a baby should be breathing well or should be ventilated with a bag and mask. The Golden Minute identifies the steps that a birth attendant must take immediately after birth to evaluate the baby and stimulate breathing.
We are supporting training courses on maternal and child health throughout central Viet Nam and Myanmar. The remote villages of those countries still have a large number of women that deliver babies at home with a traditional birth attendant or village health workers. These traditional birth attendants or health workers have not had the training on skills of newborn resuscitation. With the HBB training, we hope to greatly reduce child death from birth asphyxia.
HBB training programs were sponsored for 88 birth attendants in Huong Hoa district and Dakrong District in Quang Tri and Aluoi district in Hue with the essential skills of newborn resuscitation, with the goal of having at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby.
Additionally, this program has trained 20 people at the Huong Hoa Health Center (Khe Sanh), Dakrong Health Center and Kim Long Charity Clinic (Hue) to become HBB instructors to train new birth attendants in the area.
The program will be replicated with the addition of Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) with a training mission to Viet Nam and Myanmar from April 24 – May 7, 2016.
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- 88 traditional birth attendants
- 20 medical professionals
- women and their babies in Quang Tri and Thuy Thien Hue Provinces in Viet Nam.