DRC-IHP Effective Innovations: Helping Babies Breathe


The government of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has set ambitious targets for improving the country's health system, in the wake of decades of instability. The challenges are many: despite rapid improvement in the last few years, under-five mortality is still 104 per 1,000 live births, and maternal mortality is nearly 85 out of 10,000. Helping Babies Breathe is helping newborns survive neonatal asphyxia.

This brief is part of a series highlighting health system innovations that the Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP) has adapted and implemented on a large scale in DRC. Together, these approaches have saved tens of thousands of lives in DRC over the past few years. We hope these publications will inspire others to use these proven approaches in their own context.