Reduce new-born deaths in the developing world



WinSenga eFHR is an affordable mobile ultrasound designed to improve prenatal care in the developing world. The handheld device can scan a pregnant woman's womb and report fetal age, heart rate and the health of the fetus. The project is a venture of entrepreneurs Aaron Tushabe and Joshua Okello, whose startup company Cipher256 is providing innovative and low-cost maternal health solutions.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In many areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, women have little access to quality and standardized prenatal care. This leads to high maternal mortality rates due to complications and preventable risks during pregnancy and childbirth. WinSenga will give women without access to expensive ultrasound machines the ability to have their pregnancy monitored. It uses a traditional pinard horn - a common tool for monitoring fetal heart rate - an app, and a microphone to transmit information into a smart phone.

How will this project solve this problem?

WinSenga will help care providers accurately and conveniently monitor fetal health. The device diagnoses conditions and potential risk factors, alerts care takers to any risks, suggests courses of action based on the alerts, and helps make referrals. It is more affordable than any device currently in use.

Potential Long Term Impact

The goal of WinSenga is to give high-risk mothers in developing countries access to life-saving prenatal care. By doing this, deaths from undiagnosed risk factors like fetal distress and pre-eclampsia will be dramatically reduced.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $200

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $200 .  The original project funding goal was $12,000.


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Toronto, Ontario Canada

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