As Johnson & Johnson has grown into a global company, it has continued its mission to help improve the lives of mothers and babies around the world. Today, technology allows the company to reach more families than ever. Programs like Text4Baby, the first free U.S. mobile health service, are improving maternal and infant health. Johnson & Johnson was a founding sponsor of the initiative that connects expectant mother with local prenatal and infant care, in addition to offering them advice on pediatric health and wellness.
Outside the U.S., the company is working to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates by training medical workers. Today, many women around the world still give birth at home, without the help of a healthcare professional. In these regions, infant asphyxia is a common, yet preventable cause of death. To help combat it, Johnson & Johnson has teamed up with Save the Children. Together they’ve launched the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) initiative. HBB trains healthcare workers to perform resuscitations on infants. So far, Johnson & Johnson has taught more than 1,300 birth attendants worldwide and saved more than 190,000 lives in China alone. Ultimately, Johnson & Johnson’s goal is to have a trained worker present at every birth.
In Uganda, one infant asphyxiation expert leads a training to show others how to help babies breathe.
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