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Sensor Project Update

A community health worker in Mozambique is using the portable pulse oximeter to measure another health worker's SpO2

Last year, The Sensor Project was launched, with the ambition to make potentially lifesaving sensors and smart mobile health applications available and affordable for everyone – everywhere.

The inaugural goal of The Sensor Project was to raise $37,500 to supply sensors and training to rural health workers as part of the CLIP Trial. Thanks to our donors, we have achieved this remarkable milestone. Furthermore, we were able to provide an additional 266 sensors to sites in Mozambique and Pakistan, due to the CLIP team assisting with training of the CHWs.

The opportunities provided by our funders have empowered rural health workers in our CLIP study sites in Africa and Asia to use oxygen saturation as a tool to diagnose high-risk pregnancies and refer pregnant women to higher care, thus averting deaths and illness for mothers and babies.

The oxygen saturation sensor has been integrated into a mobile health platform used by community health workers (CHWs) in rural areas to allow for early identification of women at risk for pre-eclampsia and, thus, enabling them to take action before complications arise.

As of February 2016, 641 sensors were provided to CHWs:

1,978 antenatal visits in Mozambique and 6,248 antenatal visits in Pakistan have been undertaken using the sensor, resulting in combined 18 patient referrals from measuring oxygen saturation alone, to the higher care facilities, potentially averting death and other adverse outcomes of pre-eclampsia.

But we have much more work to do:

  • Many hospitals around the world do not have access to oximeters – even for use during anesthesia.
  • We wish to make our sensors available in hospitals and clinics – especially in resource poor and remote areas where these devices have not been available.
  • Oximetry, alongside smart mobile health applications, can quickly detect the deterioration of patients from other conditions that are significant causes of death, such as pneumonia and sepsis, in both pediatric and adult patients.

We are continuing to develop new vital signs sensor technologies and mobile health applications, to address the challenges of providing equitable health care in low resource settings. We appreciate all of the hard work from CHWs who have used and tested our device.

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