About Peter Cardellichio

Associate Director Global Health Media

Key steps in cleaning resuscitation equipment

During a newborn resuscitation, the equipment becomes contaminated with body fluids from the mother and baby. The equipment must be properly cleaned and disinfected before it can be used again. We have developed a set of videos that show the key steps for cleaning resuscitation equipment to make it safe for the baby.

Cleaning Resuscitation Equipment covers the cleaning of equipment using four different methods. There is also a separate film on each of the methods: using an autoclave, boiling, steam, and using a chemical solution.

2019-08-16T14:51:52+00:00August 16th, 2019|1 Comment

“Empower parents, enable breastfeeding”

This is the theme of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1–7), which focuses on creating an enabling environment for breastfeeding in communities and in the workplace.

Global Health Media Project supports breastfeeding worldwide with teaching videos for both mothers and health workers. Our breastfeeding videos are used in nearly every country and are now available in 40 languages. In the past two months alone, we have added videos in Rohingya, Tajik, Urdu, Nepali, four Ghanaian languages (Twi, Ewe, Ga, and Hausa), and with subtitles in traditional Chinese.

World Breastfeeding Week is the first week of August each year. The week is organized and coordinated by WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) which is dedicated to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding worldwide. Their themes are selected to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to raise awareness that breastfeeding is a key to sustainable development.

2019-08-05T15:44:55+00:00August 5th, 2019|1 Comment

Learning the basic steps of newborn resuscitation with a training doll

We created two films to teach the basic steps of newborn resuscitation using the Helping Babies Breathe guidelines: one with live footage and one using a training doll. Our newest release—Helping Babies Breathe with a Training Doll—was filmed in a busy maternity in Ghana. It depicts the key steps in a resuscitation just as they would take place at a live birth. For example, after the baby (the doll) is born, we see the “baby” being placed on the mother’s abdomen and the drying of the “baby.”

Showing the resuscitation of a training doll with this approach adds realism to the procedure, especially in teaching key steps such as where to place the baby for resuscitation and when to cut the cord—steps that are best shown when the doll is “resuscitated” in an actual birth setting.

Helping Babies Breathe is an evidence-based hands-on training program developed for low-resource settings by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Training birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation is critical to helping save the one million babies who die each year from birth asphyxia (WHO).

2019-07-22T21:17:46+00:00July 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Essential teaching points for basic newborn resuscitation

Learning to resuscitate newborns is a skill that comes with practice. This video—Teaching Points for Newborn Resuscitation—demonstrates eleven key teaching points to enhance a trainee’s practical knowledge of the steps of basic newborn resuscitation. The steps follow the Helping Babies Breathe guidelines, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for low-resource settings.

Whereas “Helping Babies Breathe at Birth” shows a live-action newborn resuscitation from birth until the baby is breathing on her own, “Teaching Points for Newborn Resuscitation” highlights the individual steps of the procedure. By focusing on each step—such as drying the baby or clearing the airway—a health worker’s attention is drawn to the important details. This video also gives health workers the opportunity to review individual steps as needed.

2019-07-03T11:40:06+00:00July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

New video shows basic steps of newborn resuscitation

A newborn who doesn’t breathe at birth needs help immediately. Our new video uses live footage to show the basic steps of newborn resuscitation using the internationally renowned Helping Babies Breathe guidelines.

Training birth attendants in neonatal resuscitation is critical to helping save the one million babies who die each year from birth asphyxia (WHO). Helping Babies Breathe is an evidence-based hands-on training program developed for low-resource settings by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A tremendous amount of time and effort has gone on “behind the scenes” to find optimal clinical sites and ensure the accuracy and authenticity of our resuscitation videos. We are grateful to LDS Charities and our individual and family donors for their generous funding, and to numerous people from all over the world who have given their time and expertise so generously to make these videos a reality.

2019-07-03T11:37:09+00:00June 18th, 2019|1 Comment

First Foods Videos now available in Yoruba

First Foods for Young Children is now available in Yoruba—the third most popular native language in Nigeria with over 30 million speakers—at this link. Over 40% of Nigerian children under five suffer from stunting (impaired growth and development often due to poor nutrition), while over 5% suffer from severe acute malnutrition (see UNICEF). These films have already been narrated in Hausa, the most popular native language in Nigeria spoken by more than 60 million.

“First Foods”—produced in collaboration with UNICEF—is a collection of 17 videos (for both health workers and caregivers) that provide key messages on when, what, and how to feed young children from ages 6 months to 2 years. Nigeria was one of the countries where these videos were filmed, along with Kenya and Nepal. The blending of footage from these diverse settings should make the videos useful teaching tools in low-resource areas around the world.

2019-06-12T21:24:43+00:00June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

French videos available on feeding young children

First Foods for Young Children—produced in collaboration with UNICEF—is now available in French at this link. These 17 films—for both health workers and caregivers—provide key messages on when, what, and how to feed young children from ages 6 months to 2 years.

The availability of these films in French will give many more people in West and Central Africa access to this content. It is estimated that 120 million people in the 24 francophone countries in this region speak French.

2019-06-12T20:58:43+00:00May 27th, 2019|0 Comments

The Story of Ebola helping in the Congo

The Ebola outbreak in the Congo (DRC) is the second largest on record. Conditions on the ground are challenging due to distrust rooted in decades of conflict and violence. But The Story of Ebola is being used extensively by the Red Cross (IFRC), MSF/Doctors Without Borders, and other aid organizations to reach community leaders, traditional chiefs, and villagers.

These organizations are finding creative ways to show the film to as many people as possible, including traveling to villages with laptops and small projectors. MSF also shows the animation on a TV screen in the information area of Ebola treatment centers.

The Story of Ebola is an engaging story that helps teach people about the disease and how it spreads, which is crucial to help in containing the outbreak. To reach more people in the Congo, The Story of Ebola is now available in Swahili, French, and Lingala.

2019-04-25T20:11:16+00:00March 25th, 2019|1 Comment

An inspiring story for World Prematurity Day (November 17)

Recognizing that mothers of small premature babies could play a vital role in their baby’s survival, Samuel Byiringiro (a nurse in Rwanda) narrated several of our small baby videos in Kinyarwanda to show them to mothers in waiting rooms and neonatal units. Thanks to Sam’s initiative, the videos are now available to teach mothers at hospitals all over Rwanda.

Our Small Baby Video Series provides essential visuals that teach health workers and caregivers how to care for these vulnerable babies. Simple interventions can be lifesaving in any setting: keeping babies warm with skin-to-skin care, feeding mother’s milk by cup and breast, infection prevention, and knowing danger signs.

Over 20,000 copies of the small baby videos have been downloaded from our website. The two most popular videos are Cup Feeding and Expressing the First Milk.

When first released in early 2017, the videos were produced in English, French, and Spanish. Some of the videos have since been narrated in Arabic, Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Burmese (Myanmar), Bangla (Bangladesh), and Luo (Kenya). Initiatives are now underway to narrate the videos for Nepal, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Ghana.

The Small Baby Video Series was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to complement the Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) curriculum, which is based on the latest WHO guidelines.

2019-04-25T20:11:16+00:00November 17th, 2018|4 Comments

The Story of Cholera combats Somalia epidemic

Our award-winning public health animation, The Story of Cholera, is being broadcast on national television to help combat the cholera epidemic in Somalia. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also showing the video in selected “hot spots” to educate the population alongside its cholera vaccination campaign.

Public health authorities around the world have used The Story of Cholera in their efforts to stem outbreaks of this dreaded disease, as well as for community education on sanitation and hygiene. So far in 2018, the video has been narrated in Shona (Zimbabwe), Chichewa (Malawi), Rohingya (refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh), Malagasy (Madagascar), Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea), Tsotsil (Mexico), and Vietnamese.

2019-04-25T20:11:16+00:00November 13th, 2018|1 Comment