Together, the HBS programs address the three most common causes of preventable neonatal deaths: Complications during childbirth, complications from preterm birth, and neonatal infections.
The use of highly pictorial learning materials and low-cost, purpose-built simulators makes the Helping Babies Survive suite of programs very accessible to audiences in resource-limited countries around the world. Programs include visual guidebooks, flipcharts and posters containing clear, specific instructions for healthcare providers to follow after the birth of a baby. Because no electricity or specialized technology is required, HBS can easily be taught anywhere learners can come together.
HBS programs have a systems-based focus designed to change and improve clinical practices across systems of care. The HBS curricula can be used as stand-alone programs, integrated with one another, or integrated with a country's existing health infrastructure. HBS programs are all developed on the premise that assessment at birth and simple newborn care are things that every baby deserves.