Safer Births is a research and development collaboration to increase newborn survival. We do that by establishing new evidence, gaining new knowledge and developing innovative products to better equip and increase competence of health workers.

This report presents the goals and achievements of the project, an extensive annotated bibliography and takes a look at the way forward –to help save more lives.



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Moyo introduced in Tanzania

Not long after the CE-marking certificates were received, the first cartons of Moyos were sent off to Tanzania. To make sure that the midwives were comfortable using the Moyo, selected midwives from Temeke, Muhimbili and Haydom were taken through a training of trainers course using the Moyo training package. Since then provider training have been conducted and Moyo have been introduced in the clinic.

Safer Births researchers presenting FIGO 2015

More and more research is coming out of the datas collected at Haydom and Muhibili. There is a much interest in the study and the results,  so 2015 has been a busy year for the researchers.This week at one of the largest medical conferences in the world the World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics FIGO 2015 in Vancouver Canada, two of the Safer Births PhD Fellows are giving oral presentations on their recent findings. The room was completely full yesterday 6th october when Dr. Paschal Mdoe presented the preliminary results from the Randomized controlled study comparing hand held doppler and Pinard

Safer Births Meeting in Stavanger

How can newborn ventilation be improved? The Safer Births partnership, a collaboration of midwives, doctors, researchers and developers from Tanzania and Norway, believes the key to improvement is with frequent training. From March 18 to 20, 2015, key stakeholders gathered in Stavanger to discuss training concepts, real life experiences, equipment opportunities, and recent research, all related to newborn ventilation. 

2nd Safer Births Annual Meeting

  The second Safer Births annual meeting is being held in Haydom Lutheran Hospital on the 1-5th of October 2014. Over 20 researchers, developers and health workers are gathering in Haydom to go through the progress of the Safer Births project in the last year. The 6 PhD candidates in the project are now fully working on their PhD projects and several has already presented their findings at international conferences, and their research and progress will also be presented at the meeting. Important events in the last year is amongst others winning the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge nomination, and being able

MOYO – Winner of Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge

Out of 500 applications, the  MOYO- Improved Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring for Safer Births project, was one of 30 award nominees for the Saving Lives at Birth (SLAB) Grand Challenge. This was announced at the DevelopmentXChange 2014 in Washington on 1 August.

Finalist at the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge

Amongst 500 applicants Laerdal Global Health’s Fetal Heart Rate Monitor MOYO has been selected as one of 52 finalists in the Saving Lives at Birth (SLAB) Grand Challenge taking place in Washington this month. The highly prestigious SLAB Grand Challenge is a cooperation between USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID and the Government of Norway and Canada, funding groundbreaking innovations aiming at helping mothers and newborns around the time of delivery. LGH is seeking funding for further development and pilot testing of MOYO with an adapted simulation training program in three hospitals and one health center in rural and

Safer Births presentations at PAS in Vancouver

The Pediatric Academic Societies is arranging their joint meeting in Vancouver 3-6mai and several representatives from the Safer Birth project is present. Dr. Hege Ersdal has had 3 posters accepted for presentation entitled: Delayed Cord Clamping (CC) after Onset of Bag Mask Ventilation (BMV) Does Not Improve 24 Hour Neonatal Outcome Neonatal Resuscitation in a Low-resourced Setting; When Should Bag Mask Ventilation be Discontinued in a Non Breathing Infant?. Cost-Effectiveness of the "Helping Babies Breathe” Program in a Rural Hospital in Tanzania Dr. Ersdal was also invited to hold an oral presentation of her abstract; Cord Clamping (CC) Beyond 10 Seconds After Onset of

Application to Saving Lives at Birth for MOYO fetal heart rate monitor submitted

On the 27th of March, Laerdal Global Health submitted an application for funding to the prestigious Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challange. The project proposed is expanding the field-testing of our new innovative fetal heart rate monitor MOYO in two referral hospital and antenatal services in Tanzania.   Laerdal Global Health’s low-cost Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) monitor; MOYO and it’s training program will help providers measure FHR faster, automatically and more accurate to make timely obstetric responses when detecting fetuses at risk. This will reduce the burden of stillbirths and births asphyxia, estimated to account for 2million perinatal deaths annually. 98-99% of

Best wishes for 2014 from Laerdal Global Health and the Safer Births Team

2013 has been a rewarding but busy year. We got funding from the Norwegian Research Council through the GLOBVAC program, finalized the Laerdal Newborn Resuscitation Monitors and started the data collection of heart rate and respiration data and we are well underway to having the Laerdal Fetal Heart Rate Monitor,  ready for use in research. GLOBVAC SUPPORT After intense work with putting all the ideas onto paper, the Safer Births application for GLOBVAC funding was submitted on the 14th of February 2013. In the end of June we got the response from the Norwegian Research Council

The Laerdal Newborn Resuscitation Monitor

In this video you can see one of the Safer Births Researchers explaining how the Laerdal Newborn Resuscitation Monitor is functioning. The video is unfortunately only in Norwegian as the demonstration was done for an article published on the website of the university of Stavanger. To read the whole article please click here

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