If you could have one wish for global public health, what would it be? If you’re like us at Maternova, you’re just tired of waiting for help to arrive. If you are, you’ll love our new undertaking. We are frustrated daily with the bureaucracy and red tape involved in saving lives. When did forms supersede the value of a newborn life? And why are people so afraid of innovation they cling to outdated devices, practices and policies – when the answers they are seeking are right in front of them? Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten their attention yet.
Not ones to sit around waiting, we’re doing something unusual. We’re partnering with Dr. Sophie Webster, maverick Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Cessna plane pilot to shorten the time women and newborns in need.
We need **YOUR** help to do it. Visit our [Catapult Project Page here](http://www.catapult.org/project/taking-flight-save-moms-and-newborns), and read how we’re taking direct action to save more lives than ever before. Consider making a tax deductible donation to Maternova Research, let’s get ready for take off. Buckle up, it may be bumpy, but we’re excited to share this wonderful journey with you.
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The BiliDx is a novel system for diagnosing jaundice. The device uniquely meets the Target Product Profile (TPP) developed as part of the NEST 360 initiative in that it allows blood-based testing at the bedside. This initiative is part of an emerging global consensus in the Every Newborn Action Plan that countries need functional WHO level-2 inpatient units to care for "small and sick newborns."
Now as a next step, we ask what could be done to lower the costs of the implementation of the E-MOTIVE bundle? The most obvious answer is to consider displacing the tens of thousands of disposable plastic drapes with a purpose-built reusable device.
Fortunately one of the obstetricians involved in the E-MOTIVE study, Dr. Justus Hofmeyr, had been innovating around this very issue, designing a tray with wells that could fit under a woman’s buttocks, collect and accurately measure the. blood. This tray, theMaternaWellTraywas conceived as a device that could be sterilized and reused, and is manufactured in South Africa by Umoya.