In Uganda, Jhpiego, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Protecting Families against HIV/AIDS (PREFA) have joined together under the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenges for Development initiative to introduce an innovative training package to prevent and manage postpartum hemorrhage and newborn asphyxia, two of the leading killers of mothers and newborns. Recognizing that care for mother and baby must be integrated for the best possible outcomes and the provider is often alone—caring for both—the training package integrates Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding after Birth (HMS BAB) and Helping Babies Breathe (HBB). The package aims to ensure that all women and newborns receive lifesaving services regardless of the facility where they deliver and who attends them.
In June, the project trained 24 district trainers in HMS BAB; these trainers will ultimately train more than 600 providers in 127 project facilities. Immediately following the training, the providers will participate in weekly onsite practice over eight weeks to reinforce the skills they learned in the HMS training. The same intervention will be repeated with HBB in early September to ensure integration of the two training packages. The project aims to reach all health workers who conduct deliveries or assist in these deliveries in any facility that provides birthing services, with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes for mothers and newborns.
The Uganda Saving Lives at Birth project presented these and other results at the annual DevelopmentXChange conference held in August, where USAID SLAB grantees and other innovators presented and discussed their global health innovations with colleagues. The Uganda SLAB poster can be accessed here. Principal Investigator and Jhpiego Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Advisor, Dr. Cherrie Evans, was interviewed as part of the DevelopmentXChange activities. View Interview