This program is a unique opportunity for professionals and students in nursing, midwifery, neonatology, pediatrics and related fields to join local capacity development projects and to internationalize their practice. Participants travel to Kenya to be part of ongoing efforts to respond to concrete capacity development requests of key local institutional partners like the University of Nairobi (UON), and the Association of Neonatal Nurses – Kenya (ANNK).

Working hand in hand with local colleagues, participants have the opportunity to take important steps towards master trainer certification and to obtain valuable international teaching experience in relevant training programs. Modules particularly include Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) and Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB).

  • Contribute to the development of vital neonatal resuscitation and essential care capacity.
  • Pursue master trainer certification and obtain teaching experience.
  • Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your profession.
  • Share your knowledge and gain new insight through a unique African perspective on newborn care.
  • Benefit from the professional exchange with other participants and local colleagues.
  • Explore an exciting destination and immerse yourself in the culture of your hosts.

What’s Included?

The program fees cover personal costs as well as a contribution for training equipment provided to participating local health facilities.

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport for all program activities
  • Meals during program activities
  • On-site orientation
  • Program-related activity and entrance fees
  • Full-time on-site support


What Isn’t?

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.


Program Background

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%.

GEI Program Leader and Master Trainer

Leaders-Patty-KellyOur Program Leader and main Master Trainer for the Newborn Care programs is Patty Kelly. A registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in Education of Physical and Physiological Being from Colorado State University, Patty is looking back at an exceptional career as a bedsite nurse and international master trainer.

Since 2003, she has dedicated her life to the development of capacity in developing countries. She has led international master trainings, among others, in Cambodia, Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the US and Vietnam. She is certified to teach the Helping Babies Survive modules of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and she is also a certified provider of NRP, Surgical Nursing and CPR Healthcare.