Reducing Neonatal Mortality in China

Freedom of Breath, Fountain of Life helps reduce neonatal mortality in China by improving skills of perinatal health care workers to address birth asphyxia.

Freedom of Breath, Fountain of Life

Birth asphyxia— an inability to breathe at birth — happens with approximately one out of every 10 babies. Birth asphyxia is a major cause of infant mortality and can contribute to developmental issues such as cerebral palsy and mental retardation.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges:

Johnson & Johnson has programs that address birth asphyxia in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda and Vietnam. The largest of these is China’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), also known as Freedom of Breath, Fountain of Life. Since 2010, professionals and other birth attendants trained through these programs have touched the lives of more than 12.6 million women and children. Johnson & Johnson is committed to continue to focus on providing hands-on training to local hospitals and clinics to reduce mortality in situations where basic training can save a life.

Since the program launched in 2004, neonatal mortality caused by birth asphyxia has declined in China by more than 53 percent, based on evaluated program sites in 20 target provinces (each of which has more than 20,000 hospitals). The NRP in China has saved more than 90,000 babies in its first five years and cut birth asphyxia deaths by almost half in 360 evaluated hospitals.

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson committed to extending the reach of the NRP until 2015.


  • Johnson & Johnson

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    At Johnson & Johnson we are committed to:

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  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

    Staff size: 101-250

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young...

  • Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC)

    Advocacy NGO
    China | Staff size: Unknown

    Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) is a nonprofit institution working in the fields of disease control and prevention, public health management and provision of...

  • China Ministry of Health

    China | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China was established on November 21, 1949. It is a member of the State Council with a mandate in health.

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, China
  • Start Date 2006
  • End Date 2015
  • Sectors