Imaging the World is an 11-year-old non-profit organization based in Burlington, Vermont, in the USA. Together with its Ugandan-based affiliate, the group has already had an impact on over 300,000 lives in Uganda.
With help of the Philips Foundation, three rural health clinics in Uganda can provide pregnant women with potentially life-saving ultrasound scans thanks to new equipment of Philips and training provided by Kampala-based Imaging the World Africa.
The ultrasound scans offered at the clinics alert women and their caregivers of potentially problematic pregnancies, enabling the women to travel to larger medical facilities for delivery and improving outcomes for both mothers and new-borns.
The Gulu clinics are in a remote area of northern Uganda, one of the most isolated parts of the country near the border of South Sudan. Pregnant women experiencing complications during delivery must travel up to two hours to the nearest regional hospital. This difficult trip can prove fatal for mother and unborn child if the journey is undertaken only after a delivery is clearly in trouble.
Routine prenatal scans alert women and their medical caregivers when a woman should travel to a larger medical facility prior to delivery so she can receive all necessary care.