Helping to reduce infant mortality in Uganda

How affordable healthcare transforms lives

In collaboration with the Ugandan government, Philips is working with NGO 'Imaging The World' to simplify healthcare technology with the specific aim of reducing infant and maternal mortality in the country.

Affordable prenatal care has the potential to reduce infant mortality in developing countries like Uganda, where complications during pregnancy and childbirth are common, with 440 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

The mission of Imaging the World is to place affordable ultrasound machines in the most rural health facilities so that we make quality healthcare accessible at the point of care".

 

Dr Kristen Destigter

Co-founder, Imaging The World

This film shows how the provision of affordable ultrasound machines that can be read remotely by medics hundreds of miles away means even the poorest mothers in rural Uganda have access to the sort of life-saving pre-natal care that can transform communities.
For example, a woman in rural Uganda has no way of knowing that she's expecting twins or that one of them has become entangled in her umbilical cord.
It's a situation that could lead to tragedy, and many mothers and babies still die as a result of complications that would be easily detectable with the right equipment, such as an ultrasound machine. Philips is addressing this challenge by providing cost-effective ultrasound technology, so that scans can be quickly carried out in isolated clinics, digitally transmitted via a mobile phone and read remotely in a medical centre with better resources. The innovation stems from locally relevant insights, enabling a solution which addresses the critical issue of maternal and infant care in Uganda.

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birth complications occur daily in rural Uganda. Every year 6000 women die due to pregnancy complications in Uganda. The entire country contains just 34 radiologists — 70% of whom live in urban areas.

 

Citation: Philips Imaging the World

Seeing a difference

 

Dr Alphonsus Matovu is the General Surgeon and Medical Director at Uganda's Kamuli Hospital. He also works with Imaging the World as their Programme Director. Hover your cursor to find out why his work is challenging — and how Philips is helping.

Uganda has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world?

True. Uganda has an infant mortality rate of 60.82 per 1000 live births. Citation: CIA: World Factbook

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