Public Health Resources
Videos on Helping Babies Survive
Global Health Media Project, an organization producing videos that bring to life critical health care information for providers and populations in low-resource settings, announce the release of a suite of videos supporting the practice of newborn resuscitation. These videos reflect the latest Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
* Helping Babies Breathe at Birth (http://bit.ly/HBB20 ): This video uses live footage to demonstrate the key steps in resuscitating a newborn following the HBB guidelines.
* Teaching Points for Newborn Resuscitation (http://bit.ly/HBB-11 ): This video demonstrates eleven key teaching points to improve a trainee’s practical knowledge of the steps of basic newborn resuscitation.
* Helping Babies Breathe with a Training Doll (http://bit.ly/HBB-doll ): This video shows the basic steps of newborn resuscitation using a training doll.
* Cleaning Resuscitation Equipment (http://bit.ly/HBB-clean ): This video shows the key steps of cleaning resuscitation equipment to make it safe for the next baby. Four additional videos each focus on a single method: autoclave, boiling, steam, and chemical disinfection.
You can view and download the videos from: https://globalhealthmedia.org/videos/newborn/
Free online courses
Find free online courses from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at:
https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/short-courses/free-online-courses. More CPD course are listed in the July 2019 issue of Africa Health (https://africa-health.com/) – see http://africa-health.com/cpd-2/. Please tell us of other reliable online courses that might be of interest to health professionals working in South Sudan.
The Wellcome Trust is investing £80m in snakebite treatment.
- Treatments for snakebites already exist and yet the human toll from snakebites is one of the world's biggest hidden health crises. They kill more than 120,000 people each year and leave another 400,000 with life-changing disabilities, mostly in the poorest communities. To prevent this, we want to help make safe, effective and accessible snakebite treatments a reality.
- Every 5 minutes... approximately 50 people are bitten by a snake, of whom 25 people will be envenomed (injected with venom), 4 will be permanently disabled and 1 will die.
- Many people die from snake bite on the way to a health facility as a result of being transported lying flat on their backs and having their upper airway obstructed by vomit, or paralysis of muscles in the tongue. Keep them on their left side with mouth turned down so that the risk of this is reduced. https://www.who.int/snakebites/treatment/en/