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Scanning the Islands
Midwives in Indonesia are using a portable ultrasound scanner to improve mothers' and babies' survival rates.
Director: Dave Aspinall
Producer: Hugh Hartford
Completion
July 2013

With around 6,000 inhabited islands and an overstretched healthcare system, access to ultrasound machines for expectant mothers in rural Indonesia is a luxury rather than the norm. 

 

But a handheld scanner, which enables midwives to examine pregnant women in local clinics or at home, is being introduced to improve maternal healthcare.

 

The mobile phone sized Vscan device, developed by General Electric, allows midwives to monitor the foetus’s position and movement and means high risk patients can be referred to a hospital for medical care.

 

Nidhi Dutt travels to Indonesia to meet midwives using the technology in a bid to increase the number of women and newborns surviving labour.

About The Cure

The Cure is an award-winning series exploring solutions to today’s most pressing health problems. 

 

Presented by practicing medics, The Cure takes you on a journey to the frontiers of world health, from cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs to advances in affordable healthcare for those who need it most. This series looks at some of the world’s most intractable health problems and the inspirational people working to find a cure.

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Nidhi Dutt
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