Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) Program Orientation


Erick Amick, American Academy of Pediatrics
Susan Niermeyer, American Academy of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Stella Abwao, USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program

Following the success of the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program to teach neonatal resuscitation in resource-limited environments, there has been an increased demand for complementary curricula for providing newborn care. Using the same educational methodology, including paired learning with small group facilitation and simulation based hands-on practice, Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) was developed to improve care for newborns in the first day of life based the latest WHO guidelines. The curriculum utilizes a Facilitator Flipchart and Provider Guide to train providers on routine care (thermoregulation, infection prevention, immunizations, and early/exclusive breastfeeding) and the identification of potential problems and danger signs for healthy newborns in the birth facility. The Parent Guide teaches parents to also recognize problems after discharge from the facility. The skills demonstration will expose participants to the peer-training model, simulation exercises such as skin-to-skin thermal care and the expression of breast milk with the MamaBreast simulator.