MIAMI, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Children's Prize Foundation (CPF) announced that it will award the 4th annual Children's Prize to Drs. Peter Wright and Alka Dev with the Dartmouth-Haiti Partnership (DHP) at Dartmouth College. Under their leadership the $250,000 award will be used to build a model for the reduction of newborn mortality in Haiti. The 30-month project introduces a low-cost, highly effective neonatology service at Hôpital Immaculée Conception (HIC), the referral hospital for the country's southern region. In doing so, the project will provide critical support of life in acutely low resource settings. "It was a most pleasant surprise to learn that we had been selected the winner of the 2016 Children's Prize," says Peter F. Wright, MD, a professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and staff physician at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. "We are now equipped with funds that will allow us to roll up our sleeves and work with Haitian colleagues on the lofty but still achievable task ahead. A task that we firmly believe can change the outcomes of so many young lives." Serving as a referral hospital for approximately 775,000 people in a rural area, HIC currently has no capacity for neonatal resuscitation or ongoing respiratory support. HIC needs a neonatal team trained to distinguish and identify stillbirths from newborns requiring resuscitation at birth. The winning plan proposes to: 1) introduce neonatal resuscitation; 2) establish a new neonatal service with capacity for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP); and 3) train key health staff in neonatology care, creating the opportunity to save more lives. "HIC receives a lot of pregnant women who are experiencing birth complications," says Alka Dev, DrPH, a research associate working with Dr. Wright. "Unfortunately delivering at the hospital does not ensure the survival of a newborn, even though the mother may survive. Premature babies can be relatively healthy but die from something manageable like neonatal respiratory distress. This project will allow us to provide training and equipment that are essential for saving the lives of these newborns."