About Us


Who we are

Laerdal Global Health is a family owned, not-for-profit company established in 2010 with the vision that No one should die or be disabled unnecessarily during birth

Focus areas

25 % of all deaths among children under 5 years of age, and almost 50 % of maternal deaths occur on day of birth. Most of these deaths are preventable. 95% occur in just 75 countries, referred to as the UN Millennium Development countdown countries.

To support these countries in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (i.e. to reduce child and maternal deaths), we develop needs based, robust and extremely affordable devices and training solutions such as the Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive programs. These programs are implemented at scale; through active partnerships in alliances such as Day of Birth Alliance, Survive & Thrive and Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliances.

Our focal themes to help babies and mothers survive
Monitoring newborn/fetal wellbeing
Managing birth asphyxia
Managing preterm babies
Controlling postpartum hemorrhage
Detecting pre-eclampsia
Family planning

Goals by 2015

By 2015, we aim at - Helping save more than 250,000 more lives per year
- Being financially self- sustainable within a sunk cost of $ 20 mill

We believe we can reach these goals by;
- Introducing 12 - 15 disruptive innovative solutions that are culturally adapted, highly affordable, and simple and durable in use
- Helping train and equip more than 1 million birth attendants
- Being a catalyst for innovative partnerships

See this video for a status on our projects by end 2012.


Laerdal Global Health has a lean and entrepreneurial organization, with approximately 20 employees. The staff is based in Stavanger, India and China, and with active collaboration with alliance partners and global maternal and newborn experts.

Laerdal Global Health is an independent sister company to Laerdal Medical AS. Laerdal Global Health will receive the required funding from Laerdal Medical AS until 2015, with the intention of being self-sustaining thereafter.

Other Laerdal organizations

Laerdal Medical AS is one of the world's leading providers of healthcare training solutions, dedicated to helping save lives. For more than 50 years, healthcare providers and educators have trusted Laerdal Medical AS to offer solutions that help improve patient outcomes and survival. Laerdal Medical AS is a sister company to Laerdal Global Health.

Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine was established in 1980 to provide financial support to practically oriented research and development in acute medicine. To support the reduction of maternal and child mortality, Laerdal Foundation has earmarked 10 million US to practically oriented projects research projects that will help achieve MDGs 4 and 5 by 2015.

Our Logo

The Laerdal Global Health logo consists of a mother and her newborn. The color of the background globe is green and yellow with a dash of red to symbolize the traffic light zones used in the action posters for the Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive educational programs.