Life-threatening birth complications can be identified early on using ultrasound. ITW is identifying finance models for low-cost ultrasound imaging in remote parts of Uganda.
Every day in rural Uganda, 555 birth complications occur, which lead to the death of over 6,000 Ugandan women a year. In addition, for every death there are six survivors who have to contend with chronic, debilitating health conditions, such as fistula. Although ultrasound has proven to be instrumental in the early identification of these complications, its limited availability and lack of trained personnel mean that it is not widely available in rural areas.