Reducing birth complications in Africa by increasing access to anemia screening with a transformative, noninvasive, and cloud-connected diagnostic device.

Organization Location: 
Seattle, Washington

Anemia is a global health problem and a complicating factor driving negative maternal and childhood outcomes in low-resource settings, affecting individual mortality as well as long-term health, development, and productivity, particularly for women and children in sub-Saharan Africa. Existing technologies to support World Health Organization-recommended screening and management are hampered by dependence on expensive proprietary consumables and invasive methods. To address this health and technology gap, we will develop a reusable noninvasive screening device with cloud-enabled management to meet the specific health, logistical, and financial needs of maternal and child health programs in Africa. The low-cost device requires no disposables, eliminating overhead requirements to manage a consumable supply chain. It is noninvasive and easy to use, allowing task shifting to lower-skilled staff, removing difficulty/risk of invasive methods and the need to convince women/children to undergo the painful procedure, thereby strengthening community outreach and extending screening to the poorest, most at-risk women and children. Cloud-enabled features allow remote management to optimize device utilization and operation for sustained cost-effective uptake. Project outputs include a cloud-enabled functional prototype device integrated to a management platform, a strategy for sustainable commercialization and distribution, and early stakeholder assessment of technology and business model.

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