Nov 1, 2017

New Innovative Medical Device May Save Maternal Deaths


The winner of the first Newton Prize for scientific achievement for global challenges was awarded on November 1, 2017 in India. The medical device which was developed at King's College in London measures early changes in blood pressure and pulse. Pre-eclampia, bleeding and sepsis (severe infection) account for more than 50% of maternal deaths worldwide. Rising blood pressure could signal developing eclampia, while decreasing blood pressure along with a rapid pulse could mean that the mother is bleeding. These are also signs of severe infection. The device is hand-held, very affordable, simple to use and requires minimal power. Over 3000 devices have been tested in India, Uganda, Haiti and other Sub-Sahara countries. Community health workers along with traditional birth attendants and others in rural areas may now have an early warning system where the mother could be transported to a health facility and receive proper care and treatment.To read the entire article click here:

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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