Helping Babies Survive (HBS) is a suite of evidence-based, hands-on educational programs designed to reduce neonatal mortality and improve newborn care in resource-limited environments around the world. The goal of HBS is to build the capacity of providers to deliver high-quality, skilled services and improve neonatal health outcomes worldwide.
- Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) – Trains providers in neonatal resuscitation techniques that can save the lives of babies who need help breathing at birth.
- Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) – Teaches health providers essential newborn care practices to keep all babies healthy from the time of birth to discharge from the facility.
- Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) – Trains providers on the specialized care small and preterm babies need to remain healthy and thrive.
- Improving Care of Mothers and Babies: A guide for improvement teams – Includes information and tools to facilitate implementation of quality improvement activities at the facility level, enabling providers to learn and apply special methods to improve the care of mothers and babies.
HBS is an initiative of the AAP, developed in collaboration with WHO, and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Save the Children, Latter-day Saint Charities, Laerdal Global Health, Johnson & Johnson, and a number of other global health organizations.
How is HBB Different Than NRP?
While both HBB and NRP are based on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines, they are designed for vastly different care environments, especially with respect to resources. The HBB curriculum utilizes a unique educational methodology and is specifically designed for environments where human and technical resources are limited. For a more detailed overview of the differences between HBB and NRP, visit the HBB program page.
The use of highly pictorial educational resources and low-cost, purpose-built simulators makes the HBS suite very accessible to audiences in limited-resource areas. Since 2010, HBS programs have equipped more than 400,000 health care providers in 80 countries with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to provide newborns with the high-quality care they need to survive and thrive.
Each HBS program includes a unique package of learning materials to assist those in their efforts to plan and implement sustainable HBB, ECEB, ECSB and QI activities around the world. All program materials are available for free access and download via the AAP's International Resources website.
Learn More About HBS
For more information about these life-saving programs and to learn how you can get involved, please visit the Helping Babies Survive website.
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