Project Lead(s): James Ditai
Every year, around 10 million babies worldwide are unable to breathe at the immediate time of their birth. 6 million of these cases require basic resuscitation, and nearly 1 million die – with the majority of deaths occurring in low-resource settings of low- and middle-income countries. Sanyu Africa Research Institute in Uganda is creating a bedside kit to assist mothers in the care of newborn infants who require basic resuscitation. The BabySaver tray is a resuscitation platform that allows neonatal resuscitation at the mother’s side with an intact umbilical cord, and includes: pictorial resuscitation instructions; a gel heating pad to prevent neonatal hypothermia; and a compartment to hold supporting equipment such as a mask, stethoscope, and suction device.