Maternova Obstetric Kit
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryThe Maternova kit is designed for trained or skilled midwives and birth attendants. It is specifically focused on preventing death from postpartum hemorrhage.
The main purpose of Maternova Kit is preventing death from postpartum hemorrhage.
Key program components
The kit grew out of Maternova's original focus on tracking new tools and ideas for maternal health. After talking to dozens of nurses, midwives and others, it was realized that the health workers wanted access to these tools, already bundled together. It is difficult for smaller NGOs and private facilities to interface with companies scattered around the world. It is even harder to buy in small volumes. So Maternova buys the products, put them together in the paks and make it easy to purchase kits.
The kit comprises set of simple tools to stuff in a suitcase or backpack and includes the following:
- A windable mobile phone charger to call for help or referral
- A solar powered headlamp to see births, clipped to a visor
- A calibrated drape to measure blood loss (this can be sterilized with bleach but is not autoclavable)
- WHO Colour Scale to detect anemia (comes with 200 test strips)
- Pictoral reminder cards on the active management of the third stage of labor
- DVD on how to manage postpartum hemorrhage
Twelve kits were sent to midwives for Haiti's November 2010 graduating class; another 20 were ordered for the next class in the Spring of 2011. The Ministry of Health of Zambia and now midwives in Pakistan are testing the kits.