Butterfly Network (NYSE:BFLY) today announced the deployment of 500 Butterfly iQ+ devices to healthcare practitioners in Kenya.
In March, Butterfly Network announced a $5 million grant to improve maternal and fetal health in sub-Saharan Africa. The grant was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds were used to provide 1,000 health care workers in the area with the Butterfly iQ+ Portable Whole Body Ultrasound Transducer.
The company is committed to improving maternal and fetal health in the region. Butterfly Network announced the rollout at a ceremony at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
“The vast majority of the world’s population does not have access to medical imaging equipment and training, limiting options when it comes to assessing the health and risks of the patient and society at large. With Butterfly, we are changing that,” said Darius Shahida, director of strategy and director of business development for Butterfly Network. “Our work here in Kenya represents the beginning of what is possible in terms of providing practitioners with the tools, training and confidence to transform ultrasound-assisted treatment. Midwives in high-income countries use ultrasound every day, and so we are honored to provide midwives across Africa with the same opportunities that we know will greatly improve the care of pregnant women and their unborn children.”
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Kenyatta University partnered with the Global Ultrasound Institute and Butterfly Network. Acting Vice Chancellor Vaceke Wanjohi said Butterfly-equipped practitioners and training can help improve care for mothers and their children in the community.
As part of the launch, Butterfly Network brought together 50 medical practitioners, each of whom received a device and received training in obstetric ultrasound. By the end of the year, a total of 500 medical practitioners will have been trained under the program. This aims to bring ultrasound capabilities to more than 50 institutions in underserved rural areas.
Jamph also contributed to the program. The company’s mobile device management software gives every practitioner a fast login process and express scan mode while maintaining patient privacy and data security.
“Increasing access to medical imaging technology in Kenya is critical to maternal and fetal health. Equally important to expanded access is the personalized training hundreds of healthcare providers have received through this rollout,” said Dr. Kevin Bergman, co-founder and CEO of the Global Ultrasound Institute. “With Butterfly ultrasound technology, hundreds of healthcare professionals across Kenya will be able to use portable ultrasound to treat and care for hundreds of thousands of pregnant patients, thanks to the training they have received from the Global Institute of Ultrasound at Kenyatta University.”