Life- saving device to be developed for mothers and babies
27 SEPTEMBER 2013 | Geneva and New Jersey
The World Health Organization (WHO) and medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) together with Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners have announced a new collaboration to develop and launch the Odon Device.
The Odon Device is a new obstetrical instrument designed to gently deliver newborns through the birth canal during circumstances of troublesome, prolonged labour. It also has the potential to address serious pregnancy-related complications such as bleeding, infection and trauma that are common causes of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in developing countries. Devices presently utilized for this purpose, such as forceps and vacuum assist, may cause damage to mothers and newborns, especially if applied by inexperienced birthing attendants.
In high income regions such as the United States and Western Europe, C-sections are performed extensively to address prolonged labour. This option is less accessible in developing countries where the majority or maternal and newborn deaths occur. This device promises to transfer life-saving capacity to rural health posts, which almost never have the facilities and staff to perform a C-section.”
This collaboration is particularly significant because it is the first time a global medical device manufacturer is planning to bring a Saving Lives at Birth innovation to full manufacturing scale and to support its global deployment, particularly in countries where the most progress against maternal and newborn mortality needs to be made.
The Odon Device was invented by Jorge Odon, an automotive technician from Argentina, and championed in the Saving Lives at Birth competition by WHO. The device will initially be introduced in priority countries with a large burden of maternal mortality as determined by the WHO.