Helping babies breathe global development alliance and the power of partnerships

Academic Article


  • The Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance (GDA) was a public–private partnership created simultaneously with the launch of the educational program Helping Babies Breathe to accelerate dissemination and implementation of neonatal resuscitation in low- and middle-income countries with the goal of reducing the global burden of neonatal mortality and morbidity related to birth asphyxia. Representatives from 6 organizations in the GDA highlight the recognized needs that motivated their participation and how they built on one another’s strengths in resuscitation science and education, advocacy, frontline implementation, health system strengthening, and implementation research to achieve common goals. Contributions of time, talent, and financial resources from the community, government, and private corporations and foundations powered an initiative that transformed the landscape for neonatal resuscitation in low- and middle-income countries. The organizations describe the power of partnerships, the challenges they faced, and how each organization was shaped by the collaboration. Although great progress was achieved, lessons learned through the GDA and additional efforts must still be applied to the remaining challenges of prevention, widespread implementation, improvement in the quality of care, and sustainable integration of neonatal resuscitation and essential newborn care into the fabric of health care systems.
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  • Pediatrics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Keenan WJ; Niermeyer S; Ugglas AA; Carlo WA; Clark R; Gardner MR; Kak LP; Laerdal T; Little GA; Patterson J
  • Volume

  • 146