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Survey Findings on the Scale-Up of Helping Babies Survive in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

Publish Date: August 2019
Author: MCSP

Helping Babies Survive (HBS) is a suite of evidence-based, hands-on training programs developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the aim of reducing neonatal mortality in resource-limited environments. To assess the extent to which HBS programming has been scaled up in LAC countries that received USAID supported training-of-trainers, MCSP conducted an online survey that inquired about policy adoption, programming, and monitoring of the four components. The survey was sent via email in English and Spanish to one newborn health focal point from the Ministry of Health (MOH), public/private health facilities, professional associations, or higher education institutions in 24 countries that received HBS training through USAID support from 2008 to 2018 and for which contact information for country key focal points for newborn health was available. Data collection took place from May–June 2019. The survey aimed to understand the status of HBS programs in the region, but it did not aim to attribute such status to any given factor.