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Safe Childbirth – Investing in the Golden Minute to Help Babies Breathe
Safe childbirth is critical to the health of both the mother and the
‘Global evidence highlights that new born mortality forms the highest proportion of infant mortality. If we have to address the issue of child survival, we must focus on the survival of new borns,’ says Svetlana Stefanet, Chief of Health, UNICEF in Uzbekistan.
In April 2016, the LDS Charities with support from UNICEF and the Ministry of Health conducted ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ (HBB) training for health care providers from maternities of Kashkadarya region and the Republic of Karakalpakstan. This training provided knowledge and skills on
«Unfortunately, some new born children do not survive the first few minutes of their lives due to breathing troubles. This can be prevented by professional care. This
In addition, the LDS Charities provided mannequins for training purposes and supply equipment for neonatal intensive care in delivery rooms. As a result of that all maternities in two regions were provided with equipment for neonatal intensive care along with visual training materials.
Government of Uzbekistan has declared 2016 as the ‘Year of Healthy Mother and Child’. UNICEF contributes to the efforts of the state program by improving the quality of health care services for mothers and children.