Mother and childcare is a key focus of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, and at the heart of what both Philips and the International Committee of the Red Cross do every day.
Up to 20% of pregnancies worldwide are estimated to be ‘at-risk’, with 99% of the resulting maternal deaths occurring in developing countries. Higher than average maternal mortality rates are also experienced in fragile communities, such as those ravaged by natural disaster or war, or where access to healthcare is difficult. With limited resources available in these areas, healthcare solutions need to be simple, easy-to-use, educative, attuned to cultural norms and importantly not be dependent on electricity or batteries.
Sponsored by the Philips Foundation, a registered charity and based on the needs of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a pregnancy toolkit was developed aimed for early detection and referral of high-risk pregnancies in fragile communities with limited access to healthcare.