Birth asphyxia’s global impact
Birth asphyxia is a medical condition caused by prolonged deprivation of oxygen to a newborn during the birth process, resulting in damage to vital organs, usually the baby’s brain. Globally, birth asphyxia causes more than 800,000 neonatal deaths annually, and over one million potentially preventable reported stillbirths . Effective resuscitation could reduce birth asphyxia related neonatal deaths by 30 percent, and deaths from prematurity by 10 percent . However, one-in-five trained healthcare professionals fail to perform the resuscitation technique correctly, and those that do often experience a rapid decline in proficiency .