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PMTCT | Pratt Pouch | ARV | malkin, foil pouch for ART, nevirapine
July 07, 2015

Pratt Pouches have been in the development for over three years. This foilized pouch is a medical device designed to improve the delivery of antiretroviral therapy to newborns.

Who developed these pouches?

Robert Malkin and the engineers at the Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering saw a need and sought to find a medically effective, simple and cost effective solution to an ongoing dilemma in the fight against HIV. Ironically, the class originally set out to look at failure (why ARV dosing devices were failing) and they ended up creating a solution

What so difficult in giving ART to newborns?

May 28, 2015

Introducing an exciting innovation in the effort to reduce HIV transmission to newborns

The drugs aren’t new, but this new delivery system provides an innovative solution to on-going obstacles AND is amazingly simple. The Pratt Pouch is a small package resembling the ketchup that comes with your takeout, but the Pratt Pouch is filled with a precise dose of antiretroviral drugs. Studies have shown that immediate treatment of newborns with antiretrovirals significantly reduces HIV transmission from mother to baby. These drugs have been readily administered in the clinic setting but the challenge continues to be in areas where women deliver at home. The drugs, in a single dose Pratt Pouch, have a remarkable shelf life of 12 months.

How is it distributed and administered?

Zimbabwe| cervical cancer | VIA cervical | low cost | cervical | diagnosis
May 06, 2015

It always inspires us to talk with people like Dr. Lowell Schnipper, an oncologist who is running a cervical cancer detection initiative out of St. Albert's Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. The work of this team emphasizes prevention, ultra low-cost methods and an emphasis on building local capacity. Cervical cancer hits women of childbearing age and puts families at risk of losing their mothers. We interview Dr. Schnipper here:

Can you set the stage for us? What was the standard of care for cervical cancer treatment and detection?

ultrasound handheld Signos rural #maternalhealth
April 07, 2015

Providing high quality antenatal care for expectant mothers is a fundamental part of ensuring a safe delivery, and a healthy mom postpartum. In order to do that, some innovative products have been introduced for low resource settings. There’s no denying the importance of ultrasound technology during pregnancy. However, until fairly recently, it has been out of reach for many caregivers due to high cost, or complex application. We’re very pleased to announce: that has all changed.

obstetric measure | SFH | fundal height | antenatal care
March 04, 2015

We are happy to announce a new partnership with a creative U.S. based team-- the folks at Mommy Measure. Mommy Measure uses the concept of fundal height as a way to empower pregnant women in the U.S. to track one of the parameters of pregnancy-- the growing belly!

Maternova has been working with Mommy Measure to translate this device into a variation useful for antenatal care settings in lower resource settings. The obstetric measuring tape can be used by midwives to identify pregnancies that may be at higher risk.

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