Exploring newborn health

Novel approaches to newborn care in low-resource settings
May 12, 2017

Globally, some of the largest contributors to neonatal mortality are preterm birth, intrapartum complications and infections.

Many of these deaths could be prevented by providing temperature stability, respiratory support, hydration and nutrition and diagnosing and treating conditions early. Most neonatal healthcare innovations and technologies which help to accomplish these tasks are designed for high-income countries and are either unavailable or unsuitable for low-resource settings, preventing many newborn babies from receiving appropriate care.

M4ID starts a new newborn health exploration and design project that focuses on finding new approaches and alternative methods to newborn care in low-resource settings. The aim is to discover ways to improve the existing methods and bring in new, innovative approaches and solutions which would result to better outcomes in awareness, availability and use of the different treatment components.

The need for the incorporation of a strong newborn care component was identified during the Lab.our Ward design project. The exploration work will be carried out in 2017, with some of the research conducted in the state of Odisha in India.