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The Ohio State University Greif Neonatal Survival Program has been impacting the lives of many since its beginning in 2012. The program, created with a $2.5 million grant from Greif Inc., works to improve the lives of mothers and infants in low-income countries, through self-sustaining education and training programs to increase the in-country capacity of healthcare workers.

Since its inception,The Ohio State University Greif Neonatal Survival Program has trained more than 300 nurses and physicians in newborn resuscitation, created a neonatal nurse training program that has graduated seven nurses and built an SNCU at L’Hôpital Sainte-Thérèse de Hinche. Led by Monica Terez, BSN, RN, C, Ohio State faculty and staff have contributed more than 1000 teaching and training hours, 300 of them volunteered. Hundreds of newborn lives have been saved, to the gratitude of hundreds of families. As of June 2014, nine college-trained nurses have been hired and trained in a six-week course, developed by the Ohio State team, involving lectures, clinical skills training and mentorship in delivery units (Labor and Delivery units and Operating Rooms) and in the specialized newborn care unit.

The next steps include developing more in-country neonatal clinical educators and leaders in alignment with the strategic plan of the Haitian Ministry of Health; developing a visiting neonatologist program in which Ohio State neonatologists will deliver core lectures to pediatricians in low-income countries, both in person and online; and taking the program to other low-resource settings such as Ethiopia (underway) and Kenya.

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Esperança focuses on improving health and providing hope for families in the poorest communities of the world through sustainable disease prevention, education and treatment. Esperança envisions a world where communities across the globe, have the tools, training and support to achieve optimal health through access to: clean water, safe housing, nutritious food and disease prevention and treatment.