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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Source: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
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Source: Recent Patents on Inflammation and Allergy Drug Discovery - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov Source Type: research
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Source: Indian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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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
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Source: American Journal of Perinatology - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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