Implementing Point of Care Ultrasound to Save Lives in Yemen
By Bridge to Health Medical and Dental USA & MedGlobal
Presently, Yemen is experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with an estimated 80% of the population in need of assistance or protection. Consequently, the health system is on the verge of collapse resulting from a critical shortage of health care providers and functional health facilities disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations such as women and children. Additionally, diagnostic imaging is rarely accessible in Yemen, leaving healthcare providers with little support.
Bridge to Health Medical and Dental USA, with MedGlobal, is developing a point of care ultrasound training program that will increase the efficiency and accuracy of triaging and diagnosing critical patients. The innovation will strengthen the healthcare system by training local health care providers in Yemen in use of a novel ultrasound with cloud-based monitoring, focusing on pneumonia, trauma, and complications of pregnancy. Healthcare providers will be trained to use the innovation in hard-to-reach conflict zones and upload scans to a cloud-based system for remote viewing by experts to provide quality assurance, mentoring, and ultimately certification as independent providers.