THE PROBLEM: According to the United Nations, “a woman dies from complications in child birth every minute” and “eight million babies die before or during delivery or in the the first week of life.” Many of these deaths could be prevented with access to trained healthcare professionals.
THE CHALLENGE: In regions with limited health care professionals, how can access to necessary and important care for pregnant woman and their infants be improved? In many developing countries, ultrasound identifies many of the issues before birth. How can regions with no access to ultrasound still receive the same information about the child?
The pinard horn is an existing technology that can be placed against a pregnant woman’s stomach in order to listen to heart rate, position and age of the fetus. While this horn can be incredibly effective, it takes an immense amount of training to use it correctly.
THE INSIGHT: What if you could adapt a version of the pinard horn to be used with existing technology to improve its effectiveness, regardless of the experience of the user?
THE SOLUTION: Winsenga adapts the pinard horn concept by using a plastic cone equipped with a microphone, capable of sending data to a mobile phone app for analysis. The app then suggests a course of action for care, if needed, for the mother and her unborn child. Winsenga essentially acts as the “midwife’s ear.”
THE IMPACT: Winsenga app is currently seeking funding. However, upon its release, this application could identify preventable illnesses before a child is born, saving thousands of mothers’ and infants’ lives.
THE INNOVATOR(S): Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kuvuma
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