Newborn asphyxia an infants failure to begin or sustain breathing is a serious problem in resource poor countries where births do not occur in a health care facility and where birth attendants are not trained in newborn resuscitation. In the United States and more developed regions of the world, trained health care professionals can rapidly take steps to treat asphyxia.
The project will be undertaken by the Global Network for Womens and Childrens Health Research, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The new project seeks to determine if training midwives and other traditional birth attendants in standard infant resuscitation practices commonly used in the United States can reduce the death and disability from newborn asphyxia in resource poor settings.
The Network project was announced on World Health Day April 7, 2005.
More information can be found at NIH News.
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