Helping Babies Breathe Wins “Women Deliver 50” Contest

The Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Initiative has won a place in the “Technologies and Innovations” category of the “Women Deliver 50” list, which recognizes the 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions for improving the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. 

HBB is a global initiative to train skilled health care providers in newborn resuscitation in resource-limited areas. URC is part of the HBB Implementation Advisory Group and works with the group in Afghanistan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action against maternal death. Each year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, the organization celebrates progress made on behalf of girls and women. This year, it conducted an online contest to find the top 50 advancements toward overcoming gender inequality. 

It received over 500 nominations from more than 100 countries. A selection committee of experts and advocates narrowed the nominees to 125 finalists. The finalists were posted online, where more than 6,000 individuals voted to determine the 50 winners.

In addition to HBB, Women Deliver selected two other URC-affiliated programs as finalists: Mejores Familias in the “Educational Initiatives” category and the Respectful Care Charter in the “Advocacy and Awareness” category. 

Mejores Familias is a model program developed and implemented by FUNDAZÚCAR, the corporate social responsibility arm of the sugar industry in Guatemala. The program promotes food security to address the country’s high rates of chronic malnutrition and focuses on women as agents of change for their children, themselves, their families, and their communities.

URC nominated the program in collaboration with our USAID-funded Multi-Sector Alliance Program (Alianzas II) partner, RTI International. Alianzas II commissioned an independent evaluation of Mejores Familias in 2011, which surveyed 413 program participants and 213 comparable non-participants. The differences between program participants and non-participants were statistically significant for both health and nutrition indicators as well as those directly related to women’s empowerment.

The Respectful Care Charter, which the White Ribbon Alliance and its partners are developing, delineates the rights of childbearing women and calls for recognition and inclusion of maternal health rights as basic human rights. URC’s Translating Research into Action Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development, is a Respectful Care partner supporting implementation research. The research is developing 1) a better understanding of the prevalence and nature of disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth and 2) targeted interventions to eliminate disrespect and abuse in clinical settings.

You can find the full list of finalists and winners on the Women Deliver website.

March 08, 2012
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