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Unit 10: Essential Newborn Care and Newborn Resuscitation


This unit explains the main causes of newborn deaths, challenges for newborn care in humanitarian settings, and essential newborn care.


By the end of this unit, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the main causes of newborn deaths and challenges for newborn care in humanitarian settings.
  • Explain essential newborn care.
  • Perform newborn resuscitation using a bag and a mask.

Timing & Methodology

Total: 240 minutes (4 hours)

  • 10 minutes: Role Play and Group Discussion
  • 15 minutes: Facilitator Presentation and OPTIONAL Skills Practice: Blood Pressure Measurement
  • 20 minutes: Paired Role Play Activity
  • 40 minutes: Demonstration and Skills Practice: Preparing and Administering Magnesium Sulfate
  • 10 minutes: Video and Discussion: Severe Pre-Eclampsia
  • 10 minutes: Facilitator Presentation and Group Discussion: Antihypertensives
  • 60 minutes: Clinical Simulation and Debrief
  • 75 minutes: Continued Skills Practice


  • Print, download, and gather materials.
  • Prepare workstations for Demonstration and Skills Practice sites and three Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) as detailed in the Facilitator’s Guide.

Resources Available Online

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.