Rural Maternal Health


Pregnancy is the leading cause of death among teenage girls in rural Malawi. Many of these deaths could be avoided by the use of portable ultrasound devices to detect potential birth complications in expectant mothers. The nonprofit Imaging the World established a high-quality program in Uganda which uses these devices to detect a wide range of medical conditions at 11 rural health centers. The program has saved the lives of many mothers and babies. ITW has now partnered with WHF to bring this same program to two pilot projects at rural health clinics near Mangochi, Malawi. Hopefully the project will expand to other sites. The two-year cost of the project is estimated to be $150,000.