Global data shows that 2.6 million babies are stillborn and 2.9 million babies die in the first months of their life, it reveals that the status of newborn health is not good. Afghanistan has one of the highest burden of newborn mortality in the world.
Though, there is significant improvement since 2003 in reduction of maternal mortality ratio, infant mortality rate, and under-five mortality rate, but similar improvement is not seen in newborn health.
approximately 44% (of deaths in children under five years of age occur during the newborn period, the first 28 days of life. The three main killers for newborns as noted in the Lancet Every Newborn Series are: preterm birth, intrapartum complications (birth asphyxia) and neonatal infections.
In order to address the existing gaps and improve the newborn care immediately after birth, Helping Babies Breath (HBB) –eLearning module is created based on HBB training package developed by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for teaching newborn resuscitation in resources poor settings.
Maternal and Newborn Care Department of RMNCAH directorate of MoPH is pleased to introduce the HBB e-learning course for providing quality services and reduction of newborn mortality for those who are involved in providing care for mother and baby during birth.
HBB e-leaning modules can be operated in laptop and desktop computers, smart phone, tablets also available through online access.
HBB e-learning modules has been adopted and redesinged by financial and technical support of HEMAYAT -USAID funded project in Afghanistan.