The Other Entrepreneurs: Giving Ailing Newborns a Fighting Chance From Vietnam

Every year, more than three million babies die in their first month of life. Most of these deaths could be prevented if appropriate technologies were available in the hospitals of the world's poorest countries. Nga Tuyet Trang, the founder of Medical Technology Transfer and Services, or MTTS, is trying to make this happen. After spending a year studying in Denmark in 2003, Nga returned home to Vietnam imagining a world where every infant, no matter where they were born, had an equal chance for a healthy life. Assembling an international team of specialists in biomedicine, mechanics, electronics and industrial design, she tasked them with adapting developed world medical equipment and practices to meet the needs of treating the most common problems affecting newborn babies at hospitals and clinics in developing countries. Twelve years later, the outcome is MTTS' range of low-cost, high-quality neonatal intensive care equipment. All made in Hanoi using readily available materials and parts, the machines are durable, easy to use and do not require expensive materials. Installed in more than 250 hospitals, MTTS equipment has so far been used to treat more than three-quarters of a million babies suffering from infant respiratory distress system, jaundice or hypothermia. Hanoi, Vietnam | Photographer: Gregory Dajer "The Other Hundred" is a series of unique photo book projects aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the storie...
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Conclusion In patients with the diagnosis of OHCA who underwent to the treatment with therapeutic hypothermia, verified VF as a presenting rhythm was a positive predictive factor for their outcome. Therefore, therapeutic hypothermia represents an option of therapeutic modality for this type of patients. PMID: 31223012 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Primary Care - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Med Glas (Zenica) Source Type: research
Publication date: October 2019Source: Accident Analysis &Prevention, Volume 131Author(s): Rich C. McIlroy, Katherine L. Plant, Usanisa Jikyong, Vũ Hoài Nam, Brenda Bunyasi, Gilbert O. Kokwaro, Jianping Wu, Md. Shamsul Hoque, John M. Preston, Neville A. StantonAbstractThe primary aim of this study was to validate the short version of a Pedestrian Behaviour Questionnaire across six culturally and economically distinct countries; Bangladesh, China, Kenya, Thailand, the UK, and Vietnam. The questionnaire comprised 20 items that asked respondents to rate the extent to which they perform certain types of pedestrian b...
Source: Accident Analysis and Prevention - Category: Accident Prevention Source Type: research
Targeted temperature management (TTM) is a well-accepted neuro-protective intervention in the management of comatose survivors of cardiac arrest (CA). However, the impact of TTM on cardiac performance has not been adequately evaluated.
Source: Resuscitation - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical paper Source Type: research
AbstractPig farming systems in Vietnam are very diverse but little is known about this diversity. In particular, the different livestock farming systems currently in operation do not have the same capacity to be sustainable. The study aims to categorize farming systems involving pig production and investigate their sustainability. Data were collected from 160 family pig farms and 2 large-scale farms in Mai Son district of Son La province (northwest of Vietnam) using stratified random sampling. The multiple factor analysis method was used to identify different farms and to characterize each type with economic, social, and e...
Source: Tropical Animal Health and Production - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo compare hypoglycemia and the other early neonatal morbidities (from birth till hospital discharge) of late preterm babies born small for gestational age (LP SGA) with their appropriate for age (LP AGA) counterparts.MethodsLP SGA and LP AGA, as defined by Fenton charts, were prospectively followed-up to assess development of predefined morbidities, mortality and readmission rates at one month. All live inborn late preterm babies (340/7 to 366/7 weeks,n = 238) were included.ResultsLP SGA babies  (n = 72) as compared to LP AGA babies (n = 166) were at higher r...
Source: Indian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
A term male infant presented on day three of life with a 12-hour history of poor feeding, lethargy, jaundice and hypothermia (35.8 °C). Pregnancy was complicated by cholestasis; however, birth history was uneventful. Examination was significant for a non-dysmorphic intubated male infant with minimal response to painful stimuli. Neuroimaging identified bilateral intraventricular hemorrhage and sagittal venous thrombosis.
Source: Pediatric Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Short Communication Source Type: research
This term male infant presented on day three of life with a 12-hour history of poor feeding, lethargy, jaundice, and hypothermia (35.8 °C). Pregnancy was complicated by cholestasis; however, birth history was uneventful. Examination was significant for a non-dysmorphic intubated male infant with minimal response to painful stimuli. Neuroimaging identified bilateral intraventricular hemorrhage and sagittal venous thrombosis.
Source: Pediatric Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Clinical Letter Source Type: research
Late preterm birth refers to birth at 34 –36 weeks of gestation, which can occur for many different maternal and fetal reasons. Infants born late preterm represent almost three quarters of all preterm births, yet they have been studied much less than their more immature counterparts born at the limits of viability. Whilst problems of lat e preterm infants are generally fewer and milder than those of the most immature infants, nevertheless they are at increased risk of adverse neonatal outcomes. Mortality rates are higher than term infants and common morbidities in the neonatal period for late preterm infants include ...
Source: Paediatrics and Child Health - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Symposium:Neonatology Source Type: research
Design that Matters (DtM), a non-profit with the goal of developing medical devices to help combat pneumonia, jaundice, and hypothermia, is in the process of developing the Otter, a low-cost warming bassinet for newborns. The device is conceived as a...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: News Source Type: blogs
The objective of this study was to determine the outcome of late preterm infants at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) over a 2-year period. Design and Methods A retrospective, descriptive, case-controlled study was performed. Data were extracted from the maternal and neonatal medical records of 163 late preterm infants and matched term controls. Descriptive analyses were performed comparing morbidity and mortality between the groups. Results There was an overall incidence of 3.8% late preterm births. Late preterm infants were more likely to require admission to the neonatal unit than t...
Source: American Journal of Perinatology - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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