Safer Births Project

Tanzania

The Safer Births project was a research and development collaboration between Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Tanzanian, Norwegian and international research institutions, and Laerdal Global Health.

2013-2017

Duration

4

Hospitals

120,000+

Births

Led by the team at Haydom Lutheran Hospital, the Safer Births project established groundbreaking new research evidence and collaborated to develop innovative products to better equip and increase competence of healthcare workers to improve newborn survival. The innovative tools were co-created with midwives and doctors working in maternity departments at Haydom Lutheran Facility, Muhimbili National Facility, Temeke Referral, Regional Hospital, researchers from Stavanger University Hospital/SAFER and engineers from Laerdal Global Health.

Goal

Contribute to the global research on best practices for newborn resuscitation. Develop and continually improve innovations to help equip and train healthcare workers.

Key Achievements

  • 2 more lives saved by each midwife, every year
  • Multiple new innovations developed
  • 23K+ births observed and analyzed
  • 16K+ resuscitations recorded
  • 50+ Research publications

The Safer Births Report

In 2019 we launched the Safer Births report, which presents the goals and achievements of the project, an extensive annotated bibliography, and takes a look at the way forward – to help save more lives.

This project proved that the innovations have the potential to create impact and improve perinatal survival on a global scale.

Dr. Emanuel Q. Nuwass Director, Hayom Lutheran Hospital

Partners

Helse Stavanger, Stavanger University Hospital, SAFER, University of Oslo, Muhimbili Hospital, and Laerdal Global Health.  

Funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Laerdal Foundation.

Hospitals

  • Haydom Lutheran Hospital
  • Muhimbili National Hospital
  • Temeke District Hospital
  • Dongobesh Rural Health Center

The team

Principle Investigators
Hege Ersdal,, Benjamin Kamala, Paschal Mdoe, Esto Mduma, Robert Moshiro, Jørgen Linde, Siren Rettedal, Kjersti Engan

PhDs
May Sissel Vadla, Ingrid Torvik, Juda Munyaw, Peder Bjorland, Joanna Haynes, Anlaug Vatne, Karoline Lode, Hanne Pike, Kjetil Torgeirsen, FM Salvatory, Felix Ambrose Bundala, Damas Kayera, Catherine Massay, Vicky Daudi, Grace Qorro, Jørgen Linde, Monica Thallinger, Benjamin Kamala, Paschal Mdoe, Robert Moshiro, Sara Rivenes Lafontan, Esto Mduma, Ellen Nelissen, Kari Holte, Huyen, Jarle Urdal, Øyvind Meinich-Bache, Damas Juma Kayera, Vickfarajaeli Z. Daudi, Florence Salvatory Kalabamu, Grace Patrick Qorro, Felix Ambrose Bundala, Catherine Massay

Researchers/Research staff
Solveig Haukås Haaland, Samwel Jatosh, Anita Yeconia, Catherine L. Chang, Kusulla Simeon, Oystein Gomo, Carolyn Purington, Sara Brunner, Sakina Girnary, Mia Elida Ersdal, Ivony Kamala

Supervisors/professors
Jeffrey M Perlman, Ketil Størdal, Joar Eilevstjønn, Kidanto Hussein, Columba Mbekenga, Trygve Christian Eftestøl, Jan Terje Kvaløy, Knut Øymar, Dunstan Bishanga, Jarle Urdal, Matilda Ngarina, Andrea Pembe, Nahya Salim, Rose Mpembeni, Michael Johnson Mahande, Blandina Theophil Mmbaga, Raheli Manongi, Ingvild Dalen, Muzsalim, Øyvind Meinich-Bache, Sara Rivenes Lafontan, Corinna Vossius, Jörn Schulz, Peter Davis, Stuart Hooper, Arjan te-Pas, Bjørg Frøysland Oftedal, Eldar Søreide, Erling Svensen