Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Implementation Guide

The purpose of this resource is to provide guidance on implementation of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) as a program for neonatal resuscitation in low-resource settings, and as a catalyst for advancing sustainable national programs for newborn and maternal health. HBB seeks to improve and expand existing neonatal resuscitation efforts in the context of essential newborn care. HBB is designed to be integrated into existing newborn or maternal and neonatal health training, but it can be implemented as a stand-alone program, depending on national priorities. This guide is for national planners and policymakers, program managers, and implementation partners.

This manual complements the HBB package of training tools, which includes:
• Facilitator Flip Chart
• Learner Workbook
• Action Plan Wall Chart
• Neonatal Simulator or Mannequin

The guide cross-references these materials and follows their design and color-coding. Each section in the guide begins with a summary of its objectives, tools, and target audience. Tools can be accessed through hyperlinks in the text or as a separate pdf available at

Last modified: November 18, 2021

Language: English