The WHO estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery). It is our aim to train the midwives and nurses of Kilembe Mines Hospital in the essential skills of resuscitation and support of transition of newborns. We do this with the help of the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program which is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas and is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a number of other global health organizations.
Read more about the implemention of the Helping Babies Breathe project in Kilembe Mines Hospital during summer 2014 here
In the future, we would like to further expand the instructional courses, improving know how concerning more advanced techniques and guidelines. E.g. essential care of the newborn; the prevention, detection and treatment of post-partum haemorrhages. As dictated by the millenium goals (4 & 5) we strive to lower the neonatal and mother-mortality rate.
Apart from this goal we want to support the maternity by donating durable medical materials, improving the quality of care that the midwifes strive to provide.
Some cheap and effective ways to reduce neonatal mortality are keeping the babies warm, adequate antitetanus vaccination and the use of sterile instruments at delivery. In 2015 we started collecting baby hats to reduce heath loss is the neonatal period. You can even knit some baby hats yourself, following the step-by-step pattern you can download here.