Non - Stress Fetal Heart Rate monitoring tool for ante-natal check-up

Ivan Tzvetanov

Balaji

Brun Health (P) Ltd, New Delhi
       

The Problem:

India has made significant progress in maternal and child health. Unfortunately the country lags behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals - 5 targets of skilled attendance around birth. Lack of skilled workers has contributed to nearly 330,000 stillbirths among other morbidities. India has roughly 900,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and 200,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs). These workers are tasked with ensuring that pregnant women remain healthy, deliver safely and take appropriate care of new-borns. Currently they have limited tools at their disposal for monitoring fetal wellbeing.

The Solution:

The aim is to develop a fetal monitoring tool that captures the fetal heart rate. The device to perform a Non-Stress Test on any pregnant woman in any location. The target device will monitor the variability of the fetal heart rate over the course of a 20 minute ante-natal check-up. The ASHA or ANM worker can be given daily updates on pregnancies in her village through a simple SMS on her mobile phone.