Breath of Life: Neonatal Health
The Breath of Life Approach
East Meets West’s Breath of Life (BOL) program addresses the multiple challenges that hospitals in low-resource environments face in reducing neonatal mortality and morbidity. Breath of Life has provided durable equipment, training, and ongoing support to over 300 hospitals in nine countries in Asia and Africa, treating an estimated 55,000 newborns each year.
Breath of Life's comprehensive model:
- Provides hospitals with durable new medical equipment that has no expensive consumable parts
- Trains doctors and nurses to use the equipment effectively
- Provides additional training in essential and advanced newborn care
- Supports ongoing equipment maintenance
- Ensures program effectiveness through monitoring and evaluation
To ensure sustainability, BOL works to strengthen linkages with local health authorities to involve them in integrating these technologies into the larger health system.
The UN's Millennium Development Goal #4 has targeted reduction in child mortality since 1990. But while reduction in under-five child mortality has been significant, progress in reducing neonatal mortality has been slower. In low-resource countries, many newborns die—or develop disabilities—because most hospitals lack the appropriate equipment and training to address easily treatable conditions. The neonatal period, the first 28 days of life, is the most vulnerable time for a child’s survival.
The equipment provided by Breath of Life is designed and manufactured by EMW's social enterprise partner in Vietnam, MTTS (Medical Technology Transfer Service). MTTS provides a complete package of appropriate technologies for newborn intensive care units, including:
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to treat repiratory distress and other common respiratory pathologies.
- LED phototherapy to treat neonatal jaundice
- Infant resuscitation station
- Pulse oximeters to measure oxygen levels in the blood
- Hand sanitizers
Find out more about the equipment provided by BOL.
For more information
Breath of Life
1-800-561-3378 or 510-763-7045