What drives us
Although child mortality has halved since 1990, still 6.6 million children under five die each year.1
The great majority of these deaths occur in developing countries. Based on current trends, it will take more than 100 years for developing countries to reach the same low neonatal mortality rates as those in developed countries.1
WHY IS THIS THE CASE?
There are barriers that obstruct access to effective healthcare in developing countries.
Unreliable Supply Chain
Lack of Hospital Personnel
One of the most prevalent barriers to healthcare in the developing world is inadequate equipment.
Medical devices are typically designed only for high-resource settings. These devices may be too expensive for low-resource situations. Even when devices are donated, up to 70% of donated medical devices do not function when they reach their destination in developing countries.2
(2) Chan, Margaret. “Medical devices: an area of great promise.” Opening address at the Global Forum on Medical Devices. Bangkok, Thailand. 9 September 2010.