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Earlier this year, the global healthcare initiative Saving Lives at Birth issued a call for innovations centred on prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborn babies in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of birth.

Cambridge Design Partnership was among the finalists. Our proposal aimed to reduce the impact of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), the leading cause of maternal death and disability in the developing world. Uterine Balloon Tamponades (UBTs) have been shown to be effective in treating PPH but there are financial, training and usability issues affecting their deployment in low resource settings.

We proposed a human-centred and risk-controlled approach to develop a suite of device features and training strategies – testing them with birth assistants in low resource settings and evaluating which combinations could best empower them, whilst accelerating deployment at minimal risk and minimal cost.

Check out our infographic below which aims to illustrate our approach - of an appropriate solution for the settings in which the most lives can be saved. And you can read our blog about the Saving Lives at Birth Development Exchange workshop at which we presented our solution.


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