Training health professionals in neonatal resuscitation continues to help save newborn lives in Perú. We share the success story of one nurse and HBI’s journey to support health professionals like her:
It was November 2019 when Lic. Catherine Tejada Aguirre was in Pasco, holding a newborn in her arms. The baby was in a poor state, with an Apgar score* of only 4 out of 10. Baby Luz* had a limp body with a bluish appearance, a low pulse rate, and barely any response to simulation. Her situation is similar to 10% of babies born in homes and health centers across the country.
While progress has been made and neonatal mortality rate in Perú has fallen from 16 deaths per 1,000 live births (2000) to only 6 (2019), the rate in rural and underserved regions still lag behind. In these areas — home to almost half the country’s entire population — around 75% of women give birth at home alone or in small clinics with only a single healthcare professional because they do not have the same access to health services as those in urban areas.