Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a training program that teaches the essential skills of caring for healthy babies and assisting babies that do not breathe on their own after birth. It was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and with the launch of HBB in 2010, the Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance was formed to support an effective and widespread implementation of the program.


Supported by the Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance, the program had, in only five years, been introduced in more than 80 countries. More than 400,000 birth attendants have been trained and equipped. Laerdal has supplied more than 100,000 NeoNatalie newborn simulators and more than 200,000 resuscitators and Penguin Suctions on a not-for-profit basis to these projects.

But more importantly, Helping Babies Breathe is saving lives! A large implementation study, observing more than 86,000 births at 8 regional hospitals in Tanzania, showed that Helping Babies Breathe implementation reduced early neonatal mortality by 47 % and stillbirth rates by 24%! Read more here.

Nigerian midwifes drilling simulation-based HBB scenarios

HBB training for French speaking countries in Senegal

HBB training in Spanish

Team working together in Pakistan to master the skills of HBB.

The implementation of the Helping Babies Breathe program continues today, in even the most remote parts of the world. Together, we hope to eliminate all preventable neonatal morbidity and mortality. 

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