helping babies breathe

Helping Babies Breath (HBB) is a midwife/nurse training program intended to reduce newborn deaths by asphyxiation. According the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kenya, nearly 35% of under-5 deaths occurred during the neonatal period with birth asphyxia as the second leading cause of death. Trainers use simulators to teach nurses and midwives low-tech emergency interventions to rescue asphyxiated infants.

The Naivasha Training team visited Omaha in April 2016 as part of the HBB grant.

The Naivasha Training team visited Omaha in April 2016 as part of the HBB grant.

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The early results show a 50% reduction in newborn deaths due to asphyxia since the program began in 2016. The major challenge we face is that our HBB certified nurses can get called away to other duties in the hospital. In 2017 we will work with 80 additional nurses to certify them in HBB protocols.

HBB would not be possible without the support of Rotary International, specifically, the Omaha Morning Rotary and the Naivasha Rotary Clubs.  

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