The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Guyana Country Office, the Latin American Neonatal Alliance, the Latin American Centre of Perinatology/Sexual Reproductive Health (CLAP/SRM) and the Church of the
Latter-Day Saints Association, conducted a training of trainers workshop on “The Helping the Babies Breathe program (HBB) held at Grand Coastal Hotel, Georgetown on 11-14 March 2014. This workshop was important because one of the main causes of death in newborns is perinatal asphyxia (failure to start breathing), which can be prevented with skilled birth attendance in many cases, which sometimes require competent treatment with resuscitation measures. It is also important that every birth attendant, wherever he or she is, acquires the requisite knowledge and competencies for successful neonatal resuscitation. That is the reason why the basic resuscitation program “Helping Babies Breathe” was developed; to make sure that health providers with various levels of knowledge and skills are able to help a baby breathe at birth wherever needed.
Under the leadership of Dr. Goldy Mazia, Chair – Latin America Neonatal Alliance, 6 international trainers: Ms. Rosie Felix from Dominica; Dr. Magdalena Serpa, Dr. Lloyd Jensen, and Dr. Danette Wolford from USA; Ms. Valerie Francis from Barbados; Ms. Shirley Curtis from Bahamas; and 2 national trainers: Ms. Maria Francois and Ms. Tracy Gentle from Guyana facilitated the HBB workshop. The facilitators had a one-day meeting on 10 March 2014 to unify the methodology and adequately plan the workshop.
Among the 70 participants, 6 were Haitian midwives who received the training in French. The remaining 63 were nurses-midwives, medexes and medical doctors from the 10 regions in Guyana and 1 from the Guyana Nursing School.