According to the World Health Organization (WHO) preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide. The WHO also points out that inequalities in survival rates of premature infants around the world are quite remarkable. In low-income settings, half the babies born at 32 weeks (about 2 months early) die due to lack of feasible, cost effective care including basic care for breathing difficulties. Many of the basic technologies and approaches that lead to improved outcomes are unavailable. Whereas in high-income countries, almost all these babies survive.
In a study by Kawaza et al (2014), on the efficacy of low cost bubble CPAP (bCPAP) systems in treatment of respiratory distress in a poor resource country, it was indicated that use of a low cost bCPAP system to treat neonatal respiratory distress resulted in 27% absolute improvement in survival. This study indicated that the beneficial effect was greater for neonates with very low birth-weight, respiratory distress syndrome, and sepsis.
This grand venture became a reality when my sister went into preterm labor and was told in Grenada that if her son was born at 29 weeks he had a 50/50 chance of survival primarily due to the lack of resources such as CPAP, ventilators, and surfactant. I was in shock and awe and decided to do something about it! This solution I think is a great start.
Please join me to help give Grenada this gift of bubble CPAP. This gift will definitely help save lives.
Here is a breakdown of what your money will pay for:
"¢ 2 Humidifiers with accompanying adapters, circuits, and temperature probes
"¢ 2 IV poles
"¢ 2 blenders
"¢ 2 Oxygen analyzers
"¢ 2 flow meters
"¢ 12 Babi.Plus bubble CPAP (small and large)
"¢ 20 Baby nose bumpers
"¢ 48 Baby caps with circuit bumpers (size 1,2,3,4)
"¢ Respiratory Therapist flight ticket
A respiratory therapist will accompany me to Grenada upon acquisition of the items to do teaching and initial set up.
Thank you all for your support !
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