Helping Babies Breathe Alliance

The Helping Babies Breathe Alliance, a USAID partnership helped countries to expand high quality resuscitation services as part of a broader package of essential newborn care, including low birth weight, early and exclusive breastfeeding, thermal protection, clean cord care, and the early identification and management of infections.

Helping Babies Breathe Alliance

The alliance offered evidence-based training, high quality, affordable resuscitation equipment, and technical assistance to support countries in their efforts to improve coverage and quality of newborn resuscitation services. Between June 2010 and June 2012, HBB alliance trained about 80,000 health providers in 48 countries, with 21 supported by USAID. Over 70,000 HBB training workbooks and 5,000 flip chart sets were sold on a not-for-profit basis, and almost 34,000 workbooks and 3,000 flip chart sets were donated. Additionally, 82,000 bag/masks, 93,000 suction bulbs, and 23,000 NeoNatalie simulators were sold on a not-for-profit basis, and 4,000 simulators were donated. The Tanzania pilot study indicated a 38% newborn mortality reduction among approximately 20,000 deliveries, with final results anticipated higher. Eight countries have introduced a new outcome indicator: asphyxiated babies resuscitated successfully, and have reported resuscitating about 800 newborns, with a success rate in the 70 to 98% range. By December 2011, total project investment reached $23 million, with USAID investing $6.5 million and partners contributing $16.4 million in cash and in-kind – a leverage rate equivalent to three times USAID’s own resources.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

    Staff size: 51-100

    ​NICHD was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of Congress, to study the "complex process of human development from conception to old age."

    In pursuit of...

  • Save the Children USA

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for their commitment to...

  • Laerdal

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    Staff size: 1001-5000
    A proud history

    Laerdal was established as a children's book publishing and toy company in 1940 with the mission of creating...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2012
  • ValueUSD 23 Million