Breath of Life: Neonatal Health
Program Overview


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 Need

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

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

Luciano Moccia
Breath of Life
International Coordinator

1-800-561-3378 or 510-763-7045



Breath of Life’s successful strategies for treating preterm infants are highlighted in the recent WHO publication, Born Too Soon.
Read about Breath of Life here.

Read the full report here.

Your $100 gift provides lifesaving treatment for  one infant through BOL. 


“With BOL’s support, the mortality rate among infants has gone from 25% to only 5%.” 
Read more about local BOL partner, pediatrician Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan.


Design that Matters is a partner for the BOL program

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