Participants in the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program learn techniques for reversing the effects of birth asphyxia, as well as trauma and fatigue on babies and mothers during labor.
According to the Ghana Health Service, child infant mortality is at troubling levels and requires ‘all hands on deck’ to reverse the trend. Government statistics show that approximately 120 babies die in every 1,000 deliveries recorded in Ghana, due primarily to birth asphyxia, prolonged labor and obstructed labor.
In an effort to combat infant mortality, Newmont Ghana, in collaboration with Project C.U.R.E., has introduced the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program in the Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions, which provides training to health personnel on preventing infant deaths. The HBB program teaches techniques for reversing the effects of birth asphyxia, as well as trauma and fatigue on babies and mothers during labor.
On January 26th, Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine and Project C.U.R.E. launched a four-day training workshop in Sunyani with 24 health professionals, including nurses, midwives and community birth attendants from across the region. This followed an earlier training for 12 health personnel of the New Abirem Government hospital in Akyem.
Delivering the keynote address at the event launching the training, the Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, lauded the program and appealed to Newmont Ghana and Project C.U.R.E. to extend the training to other parts of the country.
Helping Babies Breathe, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), teaches simple techniques and interventions to health professionals that can help reduce more than 90 percent of these types of infant deaths. The program is aligned with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality.