Breath of Life (BOL)
BAAF is voluntarily setting up "Breath of Life” programs in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
The US based NGO East Meets West's BOL program develops customized, clinical solutions to significantly reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity in developing countries.
BOL provides custom-designed, low-cost equipment to hospitals and targeted training to medical personnel, to save the lives of infants suffering from common newborn pathologies.
To ensure sustainability, BOL works to strengthen linkages with local health authorities to involve them in integrating these technologies into the larger health system.
Besides the provision of medical training, the following equipment is also provided:
-CPAP machine: treats respiratory distress, pneumonia, asphyxia and other common respiratory pathologies.
-LED phototherapy machine and light metre: to treat neonatal jaundice
-Baby warmer: keep infants warm and monitors body temperature
When BOL provides a hospital in the developing world with the full range of equipment, it can be considered a cost-effective, durable, low-maintenance Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to effectively treat premature infants and other newborns with life-threatening health conditions.
The program is currently successfully implemented in the countries of Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar, India and Timor L’este.