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AAP Helping Babies Breathe Program Receives USAID Award

The American Academy of Pediatrics Helping Babies Breathe® program has received the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Alliance Excellence Award for 2011.

Launched in June 2010, Helping Babies Breathe® seeks to reduce neonatal mortality by increasing the availability of resuscitation to manage newborn asphyxia during birth. The program has been introduced in 27 countries, trained over 18,000 health providers, and reduced asphyxia-related neonatal mortality by over 50 percent among 7,000 newborns in a pilot study in Tanzania.

The award was presented on Thursday, Oct. 20 by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah at an awards reception and ceremony in Washington, DC.

The selection committee noted the Helping Babies Breathe® program's “game-changing innovations” and its “focus on evaluating and scaling impact.”

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