Nighty nine(99%) of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries and the rate is higher among women living in rural areas, and in poorer communities. Smaller devices are easier for sonographers, physicians, nurses and midwives to transport when traveling to patients; they are also more affordable. In a 2011 study called” The Role of Obstetric Ultrasound in Reducing Maternal and Perinatal Mortality”, the WHO lists the most common causes of neonatal mortality as infections, birth asphyxia, birth injuries, preterm births, and birth defects.23 It is worth noting that these mortality causes are conditions for which timely ultrasound imaging could be of immense help in early diagnosis and hence intervention, leading to the reduction of mortality rates among mothers and their babies. Complications such as ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, multiple pregnancy, fetal malposition and abnormal fetal growth are known to increase morbidity and mortality and can all be simply diagnosed by ultrasound. obstetric assessment such as gestational age, fetal viability, placental position, and may even be used for fetal anatomical survey. In response to that, Ubuntu medical of life is partnering with NGOS, community to start a Mobile Maternity Care), which is a pilot initiative to increase primary health care capacity and improve patient and population outcomes by developing and implementing an obstetrics telehealth service, mobile ultrasound and lab services that will positively impact physicians and their patients. Mobile Maternity allows the patient to “meet” with her out-of-town Obstetrician using a computer monitor, smartphone ultrasound, video camera and microphone. This permits the patient and the specialist doctor to visit as if they were both in the same room. Mobile Ultrasound services, a year-long collaboration that focused on providing mothers in rural Mugamba with quality, time-sensitive ultrasound scans at a competitive price.
KIRAMAMA Project in Mugamba
KIRAMAMA Project is focusing on fighting the child malnutrition before it begins by providing nutritional supplements to pregnant and lactating women and children aged six months to two years, as well as growth monitoring and behavior change messaging about infant care and proper nutrition. The project will also provide pregnant and breastfeeding women education on nutrition and home garden, while empowering women on family planning, unintended pregnancy, pregnancy spacing. The project will benefit more than 2000 women and 1500 children.