Only 17% of mothers received basic maternal and fetal health interventions in low-income countries. In the first phase of this Grand Challenge, we are targeting low-resource communities who would benefit most from proficient healthcare workers in the use of ultrasound. Our purpose is to educate, train and certify midwives, nurses, and other skilled birth attendants 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.
We Will Achieve Global Ultrasound Proficiency
• By working with local and regional health experts to develop ultrasound standards that reflect the needs of the community
• Through educating and training midwives, nurses, and skilled birth attendants
• By verifying healthcare providers’ knowledge, skills, and abilities through certification
• Through leveraging and assisting in the distribution of ultrasound technology and equipment