A portable Prenatal Care Kit to improve maternal and neonatal health in rural communities.

The solution is based on the adaptation of health tools and protocols through a Portable Prenatal Care Kit, to bring to rural areas two medical tests considered essential all over the world to prevent up to 70% of pregnancy complications: ultrasound scans and blood and urine analysis. Both tests are common in developed countries, but they are not provided in rural areas of low-income countries ...
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The solution is based on the adaptation of health tools and protocols through a Portable Prenatal Care Kit, to bring to rural areas two medical tests considered essential all over the world to prevent up to 70% of pregnancy complications: ultrasound scans and blood and urine analysis. Both tests are common in developed countries, but they are not provided in rural areas of low-income countries due to the lack of technical resources and skilled health personnel. “Healthy Pregnancy” adapt both tests with innovative and context-appropriate processes to anticipate obstetric risks and achieve quality prenatal care in zones without electricity supply and telecommunication networks.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

“Healthy Pregnancy” is an innovative and sustainable solution that has shown a reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality of more than 35% in rural communities of Guatemala, overcoming the barriers of remote zones with a portable Prenatal Care Kit.
Registered in Guatemalain Guatemala

Focus Areas:

Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Health Systems

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21,000
Lives Impacted to Date
$500,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

According to WHO, around 830 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, mostly in rural settings of low-income countries. Most of these deaths can be prevented with adequate Prenatal Care, which becomes impossible in rural communities due to the lack of qualified and well-equipped staff.

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Solution

“Healthy Pregnancy” overcomes the barriers of remote zones with a portable Prenatal Care Kit powered by a folding solar panel for areas without electricity. It integrates an ultrasound scanner to detect obstetric risks and blood and urine test strips to perform analysis and complete a quality prenatal check-up. This risk screening is remotely supervised by gynaecologists through a Health Information System, referring obstetric complications in advance to centres with appropriate resources.

Target Beneficiaries

This project focuses on improving prenatal care, so the direct beneficiaries are pregnant women and their children from rural communities of Guatemala, who are mainly indigenous people living in conditions of poverty.

Mission and Vision

EHAS is committed to technology at the service of health with appropriate solutions to rural contexts, bringing closer tests and medical specialists to isolated areas. Its objective is that all people, regardless of where they live, have opportunities to access quality basic services that guarantee their right to health.

Competitive Advantage

There are no solutions adapted to rural environments that allow prenatal care with ultrasound and blood and urine analysis as WHO recommends, so “Healthy Pregnancy” covers a need for which there are no alternatives so far in low-income countries. The only alternative is the displacement of pregnant women to urban health facilities. Still, in addition to the cost of travel, the price of these tests in private clinics reaches US$ 35, which is unaffordable for the population living in poverty. The solution contributes directly and appropriately to open access to quality prenatal care in vulnerable areas.

Planned Goals and Milestones

After having demonstred a 35% reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality in Guatemala, EHAS Foundation is designing the solution's business model and assessing new ways of financing that complement the contribution of public health institutions, which is very limited due to the scarce funds available in low-income countries. The final purpose is to define a financing model based on public and private alliances that guarantees prenatal controls for women in greater vulnerability.

The Team Behind the Innovation

EHAS Foundation is a Spanish nonprofit organization that researches and implements innovative solutions for development. EHAS has been working for more than 15 years to strengthen public health systems in Latin America and Africa through innovation and telemedicine. Our appropriate and sustainable solutions take tests and medical specialists to isolated areas where the most vulnerable populations live.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Jul 2020
Lives Impacted
21,000
Jun 2012
Created