About HMBS

Welcome to HMBS.org – the online home of the Helping Mothers and Babies Survive training programs.

This platform is a resource for healthcare professionals and educators, dedicated to the advancement of maternal and newborn health. The mission is clear: to support you when delivering training that save lives. You will find all the necessary tools to prepare and deliver impactful training sessions, so that healthcare workers gain the competence and confidence required to excel in their roles. Our comprehensive resources can support the unique needs of various settings – all at no cost.

The HMBS approach to learning

The programs use a hands-on, team-oriented, and facility-based approach to learning. Our training materials are designed for small group instruction, ensuring personalized attention and a greater impact on skill acquisition and retention. The educational principles promote continuous learning through:

  • Short, focused exercises using realistic simulators for practical skill-building.
  • Encouraging collaboration and effective communication within healthcare teams.
  • Individualized support with one facilitator for every 2-6 healthcare workers.
  • Regular follow-up sessions at the facilities reinforce and sustain the skills learned.

Created in partnership

The HMBS training programs are informed by WHO recommendations, to target the most common causes of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.

The programs are developed by leading health organizations

  • Newborn Programs: Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and in collaboration with American Academy of Pediatrics, and support from Laerdal Global Health
  • Maternal Programs: Developed by Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with the International Confederation of Midwives, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, UNFPA, the International Council of Nurses, and support from Laerdal Global Health

Our vision for global health

In alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 3, we aim to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality through effective training programs. We are committed to equipping healthcare workers with the skills necessary to provide life-saving care during childbirth, thereby making strides towards a future where every mother and baby has the chance to thrive. This is why the materials and resources on our platform are free to access, ensuring that anyone, anywhere can benefit from this vital education.

Join us

Whether you’re looking to implement HMBS programs within in your facilite or become a facilitator to facilitate a training, hmbs.org provides all the necessary components and resources. If you have questions or need support reach out to us. Together, we can make a difference, one training at a time.