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 while giving health care workers vitally needed time to respond to the underlying causes of acute respiratory distress.
Over 1,000 infants and children have been treated with CPAP since the program started in 2014 in Kenya and Rwanda. Usage continues to grow as more healthcare providers are trained and become familiar with the technology. A total of 79 clinicians have been trained in the two countries. The Kenya Ministry of Health has approved CPAP as part of Essential Newborn Care. CPAP guidelines will be included in a revised Basic Pediatric Protocol to be launched January 2016.
Program partners include GE Foundation, Health Builders (Rwanda), Rwanda Pediatric Association, Center for Public Health and Development (Kenya), Kenya Pediatric Association and Columbia University.