- Only 17% of mothers received basic maternal and fetal health interventions in low-income countries.
- One in forty-five was the lifetime risk in 2017 of maternal death in low income countries as a whole. Among regions, women in sub-Saharan Africa face the highest lifetime risk (1 in 38).
- Only 24 percent of women in sub-Saharan Africa receive the WHO recommended four antenatal visits.
The First Phase of the Ultrasound Proficiency Grand Challenge (UPGC)
We are a collection of partners working within under-resourced communities who would benefit most from proficient healthcare workers in the use of ultrasound. The collective purpose is to educate, train and certify midwives, nurses and clinical officers to maximize their impact on maternal and fetal health.
Low-cost ultrasound equipment is becoming increasingly prevalent; in fact, access to equipment outpaces healthcare providers’ ability to sufficiently train clinicians. This access escalates the urgency to ensure providers are certified and patients are safe.
To Achieve Global Ultrasound Proficiency We Will:
• Work with local and regional health experts to develop ultrasound standards that reflect the needs of the community.
• Educate and train midwives, nurses and clinical officers.
• Verify healthcare providers’ knowledge, skills and abilities through assessment and certification.
• Leverage and assist in the distribution of ultrasound technology and equipment.
• Ensure a pipeline of local trainers, sustainable proficiency and access to working devices.