The Cambridge Design Partnership was announced as a finalist for the Saving Lives at Birth: Grand Challenge for Development Design competition.
A team at the company has developed a Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) which addresses severe bleeding in women within 24 hours of giving birth.
The design is a cost-effective way of avoiding the dangers of postpartum haemorrhages (PPH) which accounts for more than 130,000 deaths globally every year.
Postpartum haemorrhages mainly occur in developing regions, but this could be avoided using the company’s UBT as it’s designed to be affordable in low resource settings.
The Cambridge Design Partnerships design comes after the World Health Organisation updated its recommendations to include UBTs as part of childbirth postpartum haemorrhage management.
However, although UBTs are widely available, they are too expensive for some parts of the world.
While other methods are used, such as condom catheters to reduce the risk of PPH, these require careful assembly with high levels of training and expertise needed for them to work successfully.
The Cambridge Design Partnership’s UBT can provide developing countries with the technology needed to reduce the number of PPH mortality rates.
The Saving Lives at Birth: Grand Challenge for Development competition is a joint initiative by USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the Government of Norway and the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
To find more information about the Saving Lives at Birth competition, visit their official website