Every day, 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% live in rural areas. Many of them could be prevented with proper maternal care including ultrasound imaging during their pregnancy and delivering in a medical clinic. Delivering at home is still very common. Our mission is to make ultrasounds a human right for expecting women. By bringing in new technology to rural clinics in these areas, we were able to send images to physicians for a diagnostic review via a mobile phone and an image collaboration platform. This connects women in Morocco to physicians that are currently lacking in rural clinics.
In the three small villages of rural Morocco, Oulmes, Boulmane and Ribat el Kheir, we worked in health houses, a place which is similar to a small medical practice. These rural clinics had no computers, health records or access to internet. Although the clinical conditions in these facilities were poor compared to the conditions in the more privileged parts of the world, our technology fitted right in, thanks to the great mobile coverage. The midwives and nurses in the villages were very engaged when teaching them how to use the technology, and they welcomed us with open arms. The expecting mothers also showed enthusiasm by arriving in masses to the health house to try an ultrasound and see their unborn babies for the first time.
“We conducted 575 ultrasounds, using portable devices, where we detected 94 risk pregnancies using portable ultrasound devices and mobile phones.”
A professional diagnosis makes a big difference in medical care for these women as we can detect conditions such as placenta previa and the position of the baby that might jeopardize the health and ultimately the life of both the mother and the baby. Other conditions that lead to permanent damage to basic human functions such as urination (fistula), can also be prevented.
Using the Trice medical image-routing platform, we sent images, videos and reports via WIFI to reviewing clinics in Casablanca, Fes and Paris. By facilitating a faster transfer of ultrasound exam results, we could avoid transferring patients, saving valuable time to detect high-risk pregnancies and ultimately save lives.
- 575 examinations in 8 weeks
- 3 different rural clinics
- 3 reviewing physicians
- 158 patients flagged for a second option
- 94 high-risk pregnancies
- 3,108 images transferred through wireless technology
- 92% of images could be used for a professional diagnosis
- 2 weeks reduced to under 24 hrs for diagnostic review
- $80-$2 cheaper per patient
- 2 weeks reduced to 1 minute to transport medical data
Average transfer time: less than one minute
“Since this project, there has been a significant increase in women going to health centers in order to get follow-up visits during their pregnancy“
“Apart from the medical aspect for the patients who received examinations, the training aspect during this project was also very helpful for the doctors and the midwives in these regions. Our specialists in obstetrics and gynecology helped to build their knowledge and experience in handling the new ultrasound technologies and conditions to look out for such as placenta previa and fetal malformations.” - Dr. Chrit, Delegate of health at the province de Khemisset.
This project was built from scratch with very limited recourses. The infrastructure and relationships between clinical staff has been built through the drive and passion of hardworking people. The technology was also adapted to fit the conditions and has proven to have a massive impact. We would like to thank all the passionate souls for their endless commitment, hard work and devotion to the mission to make an ultrasound a human right for expecting women. When we work together with a clear and meaningful mission, look what can create in a couple of months. We are proud with the outcome and what we have achieved together!
“This will help to increase health standards in rural villages and save the lives of mothers and their children.”