Examining Global Need For Trained Midwives To Meet Infant Mortality MDG

Highlighting discussions from the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, Rene Kiamba, manager of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies corporate contributions community support programs and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing infant mortality by two thirds before 2015, birth attendants in large numbers must acquire the basic skills and equipment to help newborns breathe.” She examines the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program, “a global public-private partnership working towards achieving a significant reduction in newborn mortality by increasing the availability of skilled birth attendants at every birth,” writing, “The ICM meeting dedicated a core session to HBB, including providing attendees hands-on HBB introductory training and a related symposium that debated why little progress has been made in combating infant mortality in Africa” (8/7).