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Wekebere: The fetal monitoring app saving moms and infants

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Daisy Ankunda expects to present delivery quickly. Throughout this trimester, she should continually monitor her child.

However she doesn’t should go to the hospital for the checks, because of a digital fetal monitoring software developed by a crew of Ugandan engineers.

With the Wekebere system, she will be able to personally inform whether or not the newborn is in misery, as she sees the alerts of its heartbeat and rhythm transmitted on her telephone.

“After I was three months pregnant, I made a decision to begin my antenatal care and went to a sure hospital however I went again residence unworked and this was due to overcrowding of pregnant moms and the lengthy queue that was there”, Daisy Ankunda, the expectant mom explains her shift to utilizing the app.

And on that day she says, “the nurses had been only a few to work upon all of us”, a typical scene in hospitals in growing international locations the place sufferers outweigh well being employees in quantity.

Because the title of the system suggests, Wekebere means test your self. It’s more practical within the final trimester.

The innovation was birthed when software program engineer Stephen Tashobya misplaced his sister to being pregnant problems.

“Combining this ache and fervour, we had been in a position now to begin as a crew to see what sort of answer can we have the ability to develop to assist different moms who’re pregnant, who don’t have entry to care in order that they will a easy transition throughout the being pregnant time period”, Tashobya, software program engineer and CEO of Wekebere.

Statistics present that in Uganda 40 infants out of 1000 die as a result of problems throughout being pregnant and the maternal mortality ratio is estimated at 336 deaths per 100,000 stay births.

Dr. Sam Ononge has led the Wekebere scientific trial with 15 moms at Kawampe Nationwide Referral Hospital within the capital, Kampala.

The intervention means they will deal with extra moms even remotely.

“We use what ordinarily a midwife places of their ear to hearken to the heartbeat and that’s the identical instrument we use throughout labor – the time of delivering. Now the problem with that’s that you could come and pay attention extra usually. You’ll come and hearken to the newborn’s heartbeat and file it. Now the Wekebere system is gorgeous in such a method that you’ve now one thing that’s hooked up to the stomach of the mom and is ready to select the senses of the heartbeat of the newborn inside and likewise capable of monitor the labor pains”, Dr. Ononge explains.

Wekebere is rented out at $10 or could be bought at $200.

However the majority of moms, who want it, can’t afford this value. It’s a hole the builders are working to bridge.

That being mentioned, the innovation is being touted as one that might save hundreds of infants, particularly in a rustic the place refined medical expertise is missing.