ENC Now! Digital learning

ENC Now!

Digital learning for Essential Newborn Care 1

Helping Babies Survive goes digital

Traditionally, the Helping Mothers Survive and Helping Babies Survive programs have been delivered in-person to groups by trained facilitators. But the pandemic presented new challenges when meeting face-to-face was no longer possible. 

To meet this challenge now, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Laerdal Global Health have developed digital solutions to support remote facilitation, to ensure safe and effective capacity-building opportunities for birth attendants. 

Introducing ENC Now! – a digital solution for remote training and blended learning

ENC Now! Launch Webinar

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To provide immediate access to training, we’ve created ENC Now!,  a digital version of the new WHO Essential Newborn Care 1 Basic Course (ENC) (formerly Helping Babies Breathe). This new digital course is designed to teach the importance of newborn resuscitation within the first minute of life – the Golden Minute. 

How it works

Remote (or not) 

Whether you’re giving the course remotely or on-site, this online training tool is based on a blended learning approach, with digitally-delivered content as well as face-to-face practice time. The digital course replaces the traditional hard-copy flipcharts, and guides. It includes links to pre- and post-knowledge tests, delivers knowledge-based content, allows for skills training, and enables peers to participate in hands-on practice and group discussions. Each section of the course ends with a set of reflection questions to encourage the learnings from the course to be applied in clinical care. 


While this course is digital and can be offered remotely, it still focuses on hands-on practice. Before the participants begin, the facilitator either uses their camera or a video to demonstrate the procedure and skills to the participants. The participants will then apply what they have learned under close supervision by the remote facilitator. Participants work in pairs to discuss as they practice.  


At your own time at your own pace, the ENC Now! digital course is flexible and can be held as a full day training or broken up into shorter sessions. It is especially designed to support low-dose high-frequency training after the course will be introduced to support ongoing practice. 

The Benefits

  • Remote delivery of the ENC 1 Course 
  • High quality content, skills practice, and reflection questions 
  • Step-by-step guidance and video support 
  • Enables both pre-service and in-service competency development 
  • Designed for low dose, high frequency training  
  • Cost effective – reduces cost of travel, venue, monitoring and evaluation 
  • Environmentally friendly – less travel, less paper 
  • Digital assessments (coming soon) 

Coming soon: Digital Assessments

The Helping Mothers and Babies Survive (HMBS) programs use tests and objective, structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) to evaluate the increase of knowledge and skills before and after a course. Previously, these assessments were paper-based and required administrative support to disseminate, collect and score. 

The upcoming online HMBS Assessment Tool will allow facilitators to digitally disseminate, collect and score participants’ course assessments. Facilitators will be able to track, monitor, and assess participants’ performance, observe results in real-time, and view individuals as well as average results of the class. This will provide facilitators with a visualize overview as well as allow them to compare results before and after to highlight progress. 

Our Commitment

The ENC 1 digital course builds on a long-standing collaboration between Laerdal Global Health and AAP with partners and clinicians. We believe the continuum of HBB training, conducted in over 80 countries, is strengthened with the WHO’s ENC 1 course, and by integrating digital technologies. Our common goal is to improve the implementation of the HMS and HBS programs to help train and equip frontline health workers to help save additional maternal and newborn lives.

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