This program is a unique opportunity for professionals and students in nursing, midwifery, neonatology, pediatrics and related fields to internationalize their practice and make an important contribution to the development of neonatal care in Rwanda. Co-hosted with the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the principal goal is to support the leadership of the newly founded Rwanda Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Participants travel to Rwanda to learn about the country’s neonatal care environment and to work hand-in-hand with Rwandan colleagues to develop institutional and technical capacity. Both upcoming programs culminate in a major conference – the 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium (Nov 23-26, 2017) with special neonatal care workshops and the 1st COINN Africa Conference (Mar 16-18, 2018).

  • Technical capacity development: Acquire the Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) provider or trainer certificate and teach the curriculum alongside local colleagues at health facilities.
  • Institutional capacity development: Mentor the leadership of the Rwanda Association of Neonatal Nurses in a range of areas, including developing a strategic plan and budget, establishing a fundraising plan, reviewing the bylaws, developing conflict resolution procedures, establishing a continuing education plan, developing a membership plan, working on a website, blog and newsletter, etc.

– Contribute to the development of neonatal care institutional and technical capacity in Rwanda
– Participate in an HBB® master training and gain first supervised teaching experience to solidify your skills
– Or mentor Rwandan neonatal nursing leaders
– Participate in the 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium or the 1st COINN Africa Conference (registration included)
– Gain invaluable intercultural competence that is relative to your profession
– Benefit from the professional exchange with other participants and Rwandan colleagues
– Explore an exciting destination and immerse yourself in the culture of your hosts
Additional opportunities to become a Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) provider or trainer are available in Vietnam or Tanzania. Please check our main global Neonatal Care page for further information.

What’s Included?

The program fees cover personal costs (tuition, accommodation, airport transfers, transport for program activities, meals during program activities, on-site orientation, program-related activity and entrance fees, full-time on-site support), the conference registration (either in the 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium or the 1st COINN Africa Conference) as well as contributions to the costs of the master trainers and the materials and equipment. A limited amount of scholarships ($500) is available for participants who can demonstrate both need and merit.

What’s Not?

Not included are the transportation to/from the destination (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health and travel insurance, some of the meals, personal training equipment, items and services of a personal nature, and other discretionary expenses.


Imagine an African nation where you can feel safe and secure walking the streets of its modern green capital, where zero tolerance for corruption really means zero tolerance, a country which the World Bank applauds as one of the world’s top business reformers, with the most gender-equal parliament in the world, increasingly globally admired for its achievements in healthcare and education, with a national fiber-optic broadband backbone that many far more developed countries dream of, all just a stone’s throw away from world-class tourism activities like the tracking of endangered mountain gorillas…

Welcome to Rwanda, possibly the greatest development success story in the world today.

Program Background: Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)

The Lancet’s Every Newborn Series estimates that 3 of the 6 million annual newborn deaths and stillbirths are preventable with proven interventions. This requires the strategic development of workforce capacity of those rendering newborn care, especially in settings with limited resources. Among the available training concepts, the evidence-based Helping Babies Survive modules of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its partners are emerging as a globally recognized gold standard, supported by scientific evidence. A large study involving eight Tanzanian hospitals with 78,500 births over 3.5 years has demonstrated the training impact of HBB, its first module, with a reduction in early neonatal mortality by 47%.

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