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New Portable Ultrasound for Developing Nations Launched at World Health Assembly

Mother and child mortality is one of the biggest healthcare challenges in the world today. Although global estimates have been falling by around 1.4% every year for the last twenty years, there is still much work to be done before Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 can be declared complete.

A new portable ultrasound system will be unveiled at this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. Designed for front-line healthcare workers to help improve maternal health in developing regions in parts of Africa and SE Asia, the device will enable clinicians to provide care to their patients even in the most remote of settings.

Delegates from 194 countries will be assembling this week at the 68th session of the WHA. The goal: discussing and implementing ideas to bring better care to more people around the world. The new ultrasound device, the Vscan Access TM, comes as the latest in a long line of innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest healthcare challenges.

By being on the ground listening to patients’ and healthcare workers’ stories, and learning about the challenges they must overcome, ideas for new technology like Vscan Access can come to light. Watch the video below to learn more about how the device was developed and what it means to midwives, general practitioners, paramedics and clinical officers in low-resource settings.

With an increased focus on developing nations, since 2004, GE has invested more than $120 million in over 254 hospitals and health centers throughout Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, helping to improve more than 15 million lives.

Going forward, a collaborative approach with non-government organizations (NGOs) is more important than ever as countries seek to deliver their healthcare priorities.

As part of the Assembly, GE leaders will be participating in six panel discussions addressing affordability, sustainability, collaborations and healthcare coverage for developing nations.

Stay tuned to The Pulse as we bring you the latest updates from the 68th World Health Assembly as they unfold.


Vscan Access is not cleared or approved by the U.S. FDA for commercial availability.  Vscan Access is only available for sale in certain countries in Africa and  Southeast Asia.  Vscan Access is not for sale in all countries.  Please contact your GE Sales Representative for information about availability in your area.

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