Helping Babies Breathe
April 25th, 2014 by INMED
Some one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (inability to breathe immediately after delivery), chiefly in resource-limited locations. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based program to disseminate neonatal resuscitation skill in such settings, and INMED is pleased to offer HBB instruction. Cindy Obenhaus leads this educational offering from her role as a neonatal nurse and INMED Director of Operations.
Jennifer Wilson and Susan Fockler , physician and pharmacist, are exemplary examples of HBB in action. They received their HBB training via INMED and then partnered with Ghana Rural Integrated Development Leyaata Project in rural Ghana, West Africa. This project aims to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality in 49 marginalized villages in north Kintampo and south Bole districts of Ghana. In December, 2013, Jennifer and Susan conducted HBB training on location for six HBB facilitators and then twenty-seven local birth attendants. But that’s not all. Participants in the HBB program were given tracking sheets to monitor the impact of the program, and the Leyaata project staff will visit each site every three months to review the data and to evaluate the program with birth attendants. Read more about HBB in rural Ghana.
INMED continues to offer HBB facilitator training several times each year. Please join us!