The Global CPAP for Children program was created to respond to the need for a child respiratory health intervention in East Africa. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a low-cost, low-technology intervention that decreases breathing difficulty and gives health care workers time to respond to the underlying causes of acute respiratory distress.
Over 1,700 infants and children have been treated with CPAP throughout the program’s duration (2014 – early 2017) in Kenya and Rwanda. Usage continues to grow as more healthcare providers are trained and become familiar with the technology. A total of 160 clinicians have been trained in the two countries. The Kenya Ministry of Health has approved CPAP as part of Essential Newborn Care.
Program partners include GE Foundation, Health Builders (Rwanda), Rwanda Pediatric Association, Center for Public Health and Development (Kenya), Kenya Pediatric Association, and Columbia University.