Helping Babies Breathe: Lessons learned guiding the way forward

ENC/HBB training in Afghanistan

Annie Clark of URC trains health workers in Afghanistan in helping babies breathe and essential newborn care practices

The Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Global Development Alliance (GDA) was established in 2010 with the goal of achieving a significant reduction in neonatal morbidity and mortality through strengthening the performance of providers who prevent and manage newborn asphyxia in low-resource settings. 

This report, spanning HBB achievements since 2010, describes how this global public-private partnership addressed the problem of high newborn mortality due to birth asphyxia and details the strengths and challenges that were encountered during implementation in countries.
The USAID ASSIST Project and its predecessor the USAID Health Care Improvement Project led the integration of quality improvement across the HBB GDA, providing specific support in Mali, Afghanistan, Colombia, Uganda, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and India. USAID ASSIST MNCH Quality Improvement Advisor Annie Clark co-authored the Uganda Case Study highlighted in the report which details the introduction, scale-up and institutionalization of HBB in Uganda.

View the Helping Babies Breathe Report

Report Author(s): 
Lily P. Kak, Joseph Johnson, Robert McPherson, William Keenan, Eileen Schoen
USAID, Save the Children, American Academy of Pediatrics
ASSIST publication: 
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