Our Goal

By 2030, every user of medical ultrasound in the world will be proficient and certified, ensuring patient safety and increasing equity in healthcare.

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Ultrasound is one of the most powerful and affordable diagnostic medical imaging technologies in the world.

Our Approach

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

Diagnostic medical ultrasound, when used by proficient and certified medical professionals, can be a safe and inexpensive tool to detect and diagnose medical conditions in men, women, children, infants, and fetuses. The use of ultrasound by inexperienced or untrained medical professionals, however, can lead to incorrect or missed diagnosis for countless patients. Inteleos, through its Proficiency Grand Challenge program, wants to assure that every provider has the demonstrated knowledge and skills to provide optimal care to all their patients.


Complete at least three Proof of Concept programs in limited resource environments in different areas of the world. These pilot programs will evaluate education, training, and certification for the proficient use of ultrasound to enhance local clinical practices for enhanced patient care.


Based on the success of the pilot programs, further establish at least 10 new ultrasound proficiency programs. Using this model, we would identify two additional clinical areas to expand clinical practices with the appropriate use of ultrasound.


Through building organizational infrastructure, global partnerships, and alliances, we will have the ability to scale the ultrasound education, training, and certification programs to meet almost any area of the world, across many clinical specialties.

Join Us

Join our network of partners, individuals, and organizations to launch and sustain The Ultrasound Proficiency Grand Challenge. Help make proficient ultrasound care a right for all patients everywhere, not just a privileged few.

Are you an expert in women’s healthcare?

Do you have experience supporting communities in limited resource and/or underserved environments? If so, we need you to be part of a progressive team of professionals to assist in the development and implementation of this global program, helping us to break down barriers and deliver positive outcomes.

We are also soliciting financial resources.

The Inteleos Foundation, a 501c3 organization, will accept donations to drive this program to success.

For more information, please contact:

Dale R. Cyr, CEO at Dale.Cyr@Inteleos.org or 240-386-1556

Pamela Ruiz, CBDO at Pamela.Ruiz@Inteleos.org or 240-386-1649

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