Rural Maternal Health


No expectant mother wants to know they will experience a complicated birth. However, that knowledge can save lives. In rural Malawi, women and girls did not have access to the ultrasounds that can detect potential birth defects and other health conditions. Due to this lack of medical care, pregnancy is the leading cause of death among teenage girls in rural Malawi.

Across rural Uganda, the nonprofit Imaging the World uses portable ultrasounds to detect a range of medical conditions. Imaging the World has also developed software that can send the results of ultrasound scans from rural clinics to radiologists around the world, streamlining the review of these scans. In partnership with Imaging the World, WHF is bringing the life-saving program to Malawi. With continued support, the current pilot program in two rural clinics will expand, saving the lives of mothers and babies across the country.

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