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Absolutely everybody can help by pointing (e.g. forwarding) everybody to this site or just mentioning this first ever seriously effective WHO recommended method.

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This forum is meant to become the Home / Nerve Centre of the whole campaign, to find, approach, inform and provide timely testing to the 300,000 pregnant women in remote areas, who have no access to health services and which number are dying over every 12 months period.

The essential first part of this important, directly lives-saving objective has been achieved by Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London and St Thomas Hospital, London, Andrew Shennan, OBE and his highly effective team of experts over 6 years developing a uniquely MOBILE, purpose-built, high-quality, yet very affordable and WHO recommended device for the essential tests of the most frequent potentially fatal pregnancy irregularities.

Backed by 2 visionary technical development grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation totalling $US 1.1 million, the Cradle VSA device is now mass produced by MicroLife AG, globally leading Swiss manufacturer of small scale professional testing devices. It is available for non-profit users at currently UK £sterling  40 each (less some times possible discount for clearly defined, non profit applications) in London, Also obtainable to most clear global postal addresses, including pre-quotable courier fees for the 20x19x06 cm boxes, Please find “Request for quotes- form here.

More than 10,000 of these Cradle VSA devices are currently in constant use in such rough, high volume environments, as, e.g. some of Africa’s largest refugee settlements (6x 250,000) in Uganda and a government – backed, first ever complete testing program for the whole childbearing-age population of Sierra Leone, the country with the currently highest global Maternal Mortality rate.


LIVE Interview of Professor Shennan, OBE and Dr Katy Kuhrt MD, demo-ing facts July 2020 level : that 40 – 60% of Maternal Mortalities can be prevented by timely use of Cradle VSA testing and that relatively easy,  non-invasive use of Cradle VSA can be learned by non – traditional medically trained operators from amply provided YouTube online training material

This, OUR FORUM, is now ready, to, hopefully with your and many 00s others’ free inputs and collaboration proposals, achieving the 2nd VITAL PART of this global and sustainable lives -saving movement:,

That is, to pro-actively search for and reach growing numbers for testing of those at acute or potential risk of Maternal Mortality in mostly remote regions of all countries in early stages of development.

That is a huge task and requires much individual input on different sides and without any marketing plan, let alone budget.

Characteristics of this Project,  Sustainability

BEFORE SHYING AWAY from the size of this task, let’s remember, that , even if we achieve just 1% of the ideal goal of bringing MM in “our” target countries down to small 1-2 digit numbers of mortalities over 100,000 healthy births, which is considered normal in developed countries, we should have saved 3000 ! mothers and a considerable number of babies, who can grow up in the care of their mothers and avoiding the breakup of motherless families.

More sustainably: each saved mother should add to the reputation of our whole project and through our, by then quite active and professionally supported grapevine, that will add to positive awareness developing a multiplication factor in finding more cases.

Our project is also relatively independent of target time constraints imposed by outsiders, instead progress in direct proportion to our own combining efforts. It will start on a flat curve while getting organised searching for our potential beneficiaries but could rise steeply in proportion to our increasingly combined efforts showing first results in different places.

And our project is not risking destruction by anything like new waves of infections, or requiring suddenly unavailable expensive special medication. Instead, after some demonstrable progress, hopefully more aspiring midwives wanting to get involved or some, who have learned to do just the testing, becoming keen to start regulalr work with the Cradle VSA devices to apply their skills more widely.

I also hope that, once we show even a few results, more donors will offer cradle VSA devices and possibly serious match fundraising  club partnerships developing for those situations, where other, more expensive methods are required or to start regular locally based mobile testing.

In any case, for now because of the naturally changing conditions of all cases, typically wide- spread over remote areas of mostly difficult infrastructure and travelling conditions, our, i.e. hopefully including your approach can only be “semi-systematic” .

That means: by as many of us as possible helping with knowledge and actually online research into as much as possible about local conditions, but simultaneously obtaining advice, guidance and locally relevant introductions from as many as possible who have any connection with anybody, who has any connection, who those countries and ideally getting close to the areas, where these tragedies must be known to happen.

I hope, that, since Rotary International had already agreed to feature this item as one of the Break-Out Sessions at the June 2020 Rotary International Annual Global convention in Honolulu and, when Honolulu that was cancelled, greatly helped us with its “Virtualisation”  to become our replacement webinar, that many of our 1.2 m Rotary Club members will now also assist by bringing the 116 years developed Rotary experience and contacts in all countries to bear..

However, My greatest hope is for and herewith my most urgent plea goes to our Rotaractor colleagess, who have regularly impressed me with novel initiatives at all conventions (e.g. Toronto “Ask me about Nakivale”badges and Hamburg already presentation by that same Nakivale Rotaract Club’s founding president) also more recently the lively founding party of the ambitious “Rotaract E Club of Britain and Ireland”(where I also enjoyed with extensive attendance by 2020 RI president Holger! )

Not only assuming that Rotaractors have a particularly good understanding of the MM problem through similarity in age group, I also hope that their impressive mobility and flexibility and Rotaract lateral global thinking, will induce them to help, e.g. currently online and later personal training of testing operators, and perhaps even run a small feature at the 2021 Rotaract pre-convention, which I have already booked for me to attend

Possibly also for a Rotaract representative welcome to join our panel at the sponsored session on “Reducing Maternal Mortality by Mobile Diagnostics” soon being planned for Taipeh.

However, this whole initiative is clearly not at all restricted to Rotary or any specific organisation, instead hoping for participation by many different organisations and individuals, eg. including expatriates keen to give something tangible back to their countries of origin and liking the thought that a specialised testing device for pregnancy irregularities can only be used for that good purpose and therefore unlikely to end in the wrong hands. is clearly meant to be open and herewith appealing to everybody well meaning, willing and able to help, even just with the now crucial awareness raising. That can actually be an interesting opportunity for anybody interested to learn about Rotary’s completely secular, widely diverse, totally global membership (valid in all countries) and gender equality (see 2023 RI Presidency!) membership and global voluntary project work.

In any case the now essential raising of awareness of can be achieved by everybody, who has any connection with (or with anybody who has any connection with….) developing  countries, by forwarding or sharing this message, that will enable everybody who is well-meaning in wanting to help this at no cost to get the new method being used, where it is so badly needed to start preventing these 300,000 annual (800 daily!) Maternal Mortalities.

Please view the “Cradle VSA device” section of this site for all technical details and the fact that the device incurs  virtually no running costs being rechargeable on a USB cable for approx..200 tests and can do  500 per week Some earlier delivered have already been used in 500,000 tests each.


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