Carrie Jo Cain with World Hope International Wins the Quarter-Million Dollar Children’s Prize

A Novel Delivery of a Proven Newborn Resuscitation Program to Save
More Lives

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Carrie Jo Cain, program health director with World Hope International
(WHI), is the winner of the prestigious Children’s Prize. Now in its
third year, the Children’s Prize is an annual global competition seeking
to fund the best and most effective child survival project proposing to
save the greatest number of children’s lives. The $250,000 award will be
used to implement the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Helping Babies
Breathe (HBB) program to save an estimated 5,336 lives at birth in
Sierra Leone over the course of two years.

As a US-trained neonatal, pediatric and emergency room registered nurse
who grew up in Sierra Leone, Carrie Jo is uniquely poised to lead the
project and implement the HBB training curriculum in rural, underserved
villages in Sierra Leone. Through the program, Carrie Jo and her team
will teach over 2,000 Maternal Child Health aides (MCH aides) and
Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) essential skills in newborn

“On behalf of the Judging Committee and the Prize administrators, we
congratulate Carrie Jo and World Hope International on their winning
proposal,” said Aleyda K. Mejia, director of the Children’s Prize.
“Selected out of nearly 400 applicants this year, the Helping Babies
Breathe initiative embodies important characteristics that we look for
in a Children’s Prize winner. The project is ready to be executed and
save lives; it is science-based and data-driven; and it will take work
that has been proven successful already to the next level by going
directly to where a simple lifesaving intervention is most needed. We
look forward to sharing the novelty involved in this project and
highlighting the corresponding impact along the way.”

While the evidence-based educational program has already been
implemented in 77 countries over the past four years, WHI’s plan is
unique. The HBB curriculum was designed for use in health facilities,
and there is a strong need to expand the capacity to include home
births, therefore improving survival conditions where most births occur.
Carrie Jo, who is fluent in the local dialect, Krio, will train MCH
aides and TBAs to save newborns who are not only delivered at health
facilities, but also at home or in community settings.

Carrie Jo and WHI’s winning project will be the first to systematically
evaluate HBB in Sierra Leone and to study whether the curriculum is
effective in changing the practices of birth attendants and birth
outcomes both at and away from facilities. This will help determine
whether HBB will be effective in its current form, or if it will need
significant adaptation to work in this context.

“Too many babies are dying needlessly because their mothers don’t have
caregivers with the training and basic equipment to perform simple
lifesaving measures at birth. With the support of Children’s Prize,
World Hope International and I will provide training on sustainable
interventions that can be implemented by local people, which are
critical to reducing the country’s very high rate of child mortality,”
said Carrie Jo. “Thank you to the Children’s Prize for allowing us to
draw attention to this very important cause, and to the people of Sierra
Leone for your determination to build something better.”

The next Children’s Prize will open globally April 2016.

About the Children’s Prize

The Children’s Prize is a global contest that invests in proven child
survival work. As a novel philanthropic approach, we insist on a direct
link to lives saved for all children under five years of age. The
initiative empowers and unites the drive of human competition with the
hyper-connectivity of the information age. The Children’s Prize thinks
like an engineer, placing its strongest emphasis on efficiency and
scientific accuracy. Winners enter into a collaborative relationship
with the Children’s Prize to execute their vision. Founded in 2013 by
Dr. Ted Caplow, the team has grown, and the portfolio of projects
includes investments in Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Angola and
Sierra Leone. For more information, please visit

About World Hope International

World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian-relief and development
organization that works with vulnerable and exploited communities to
alleviate poverty, suffering and worldwide injustices. Founded in 1996,
WHI currently works with 15 of the poorest countries in the world
focusing on eight key areas: anti-trafficking, clean water wells and
sanitation, rural and economic development, agriculture, education,
emergency response, health and nutrition and child sponsorship.

These key WHI programs bring tangible and positive change to the
individuals that WHI works with, who then go on to transform their
communities and their countries. WHI bases what they do on long-term
results providing resources and knowledge to the poor, so they can
ultimately become agents of change within their communities. WHI’s
vision is to provide those in need with opportunity, dignity and hope so
they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family and
their community.

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The Children’s Prize
Stephanie Gregg, 727-710-1088
Public Relations (WHI)
Jeanne Hoffa, 949-233-5372