Senior staff from AAP’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) approached me as the AAP was becoming more invested in international activities, with the NRP a lead program for this focus.
The NRP is an educational intervention which teaches best practices for the delivery of babies, and at the time was being used in over 100 countries. A newly developed NRP Global Implementation Task Force was interested in developing a more global curriculum. I was first retained to help this group with a strategic planning session to brainstorm what this project could be.
From the initial meeting the group felt that it needed additional partners so the new curriculum would have a wider group of health practitioners who were invested in the program, to help it be more widely distributed and used, and ideally integrated into country health ministries and their health care strategies. We developed a workplan and strategy with this goal in mind.
I continued to work with the AAP staff and lead committees over a number of years to develop this strategy, test and modify it, providing guidance to the lead staff and committee. With everyone’s combined multi-year efforts, NGOs, and private and government partners from 10 countries came together to launch Helping Babies Breathe, a new global alliance.
This project included assistance with:
- Program development
- Advising and counseling through key program junctures
- Facilitation of multi-stakeholder groups