Neonatal Resuscitation Training
According to the World Health Organization, nearly one million babies die each year due to birth difficulties. As many as 10 percent of all newborns have breathing difficulties at birth and require some assistance. With proper training and minimal equipment, many of the deaths of newborns due to breathing problems can be avoided.
The Church works with national health organizations and ministries of health from countries around the world to identify areas where training in neonatal resuscitation is most desperately needed. The Church then sends volunteer physicians and nurses to instruct birth attendants in these areas. These local attendants are then able to train others. This Church program has trained over 100,000 birth attendants.
In 2009, the Church conducted training in 31 countries, including Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Tanzania, Thailand, and Venezuela.