Throughout its 40 years of work around the world, Jhpiego has remained unwavering in its commitment to addressing maternal and newborn health. Building on longstanding relationships and common interests, in 2010, a natural partnership evolved among Jhpiego, Laerdal Global Health (a nonprofit affiliate of Laerdal Medical) and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) to form the Day of Birth Alliance.
This innovative partnership leverages each organization’s strengths to address a common vision of improved maternal and newborn health:
- Having worked on maternal and newborn health in over 150 countries since 1973, Jhpiego provides critical knowledge of “what works” in addressing maternal and newborn health challenges and advises the Alliance on urgent priorities being identified by ministries of health around the world. Jhpiego also provides a plethora of field program sites for testing new products
- As one of the world’s leading training institutions for health engineers, CBID brings unique expertise in designing and engineering innovative medical technologies. CBID’s highly competitive program encourages the world’s top young minds to think critically about what new products are needed, and equips them with the business skills to plan how these products could be brought to market.
- As an affiliate of one of the world’s most important resuscitation training device companies, Laerdal Global Health offers vast experience in understanding the dynamics and process of introducing medical devices to market. An industry leader in humanistic training models, Laerdal also offers a unique perspective on production and distribution of new medical products. Laerdal has generously partnered with Jhpiego to expand access to one of its most impactful training models, MamaNatalie, through a Buy One Gift One Program.
The Day of Birth Alliance accelerates the product design and market introduction process by synergizing the innovative work each organization is already doing. The Alliance first sends CBID students to Jhpiego program sites in Africa, Asia and Latin America to experience firsthand the environment where their potential products will be used. The Alliance then supports CBID students by providing regular feedback to the students on their product design, taking into account both clinical quality and user perspective, as well as commercial viability. Acknowledging that many promising products cannot be fully developed during CBID’s two-year master’s degree program, Laerdal Global Health generously supports the Day of Birth Alliance Fellows Program to employ those CBID students who are working on the most promising technologies. The Fellows .continue to work with each member of the Alliance toward commercialization of their technologies even after completion of their degree.
Jhpiego and Laerdal also work collaboratively on Helping Mothers Survive (HMS), a new major educational programfor frontline health workers in countries with high burdens of maternal mortality, using the innovative simulator, MamaNatalie, for teaching. After an initial, onsite, one-day training, providers continue reinforcing skills using a “low-dose, high-frequency” training approach with peers in their health facilities. The program aims to address the major causes of the 120,000 maternal deaths currently occurring annually