20 Vscan View: The Magazine of Vscan
Vscan and Maternal & Infant Health
Around the Globe
With affordable and accessible technologies like the Vscan
pocket-sized visualization tool – and the continued commitment
of stakeholders everywhere – the world may be closer to closing
the gap on maternal and infant health (MIH) and Millennium
Since 2000, 192 United Nations member states and 23
international organizations have committed to achieving 8
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)1. Among them is MDG
4, which calls for reducing the under-five child mortality rate by
two-thirds from 1990 levels by 2015. Another is MDG 5. It aims
to reduce the maternal mortality rate by three-fourths during
the same time period. 2
Although progress has been made, more needs to be done.
Toward that end, GE is committed to helping address MIH. Part
of the commitment involves the availability of technologies
like Vscan. The innovative tool, as well as others, was designed
to meet the needs of local markets working to address MIH.
Specifically, it is designed as a cost-effective technology to meet
the needs of developed and developing countries.
As part of its commitment to MIH, GE will continue to partner
with local governments, international organizations and
NGOs to help address a host of other issues and challenges
associated with MDGs 4 and 5. This includes training healthcare
workers how to use Vscan and other MIH technologies. GE also
encourages governments and international organizations to
meet MIH spending commitments, look for ways to partner with
the private sector, and develop post-2015 plans for MIH.
With continued commitment from all stakeholders, strong
partnerships and medical device innovations like Vscan, there is
hope that high maternal and infant mortality rates will decline in
every corner of the world.
1. OECD. The OECD and the Millennium Development Goals. http://www.oecd.org/dac/
2. UN. Millennium Development Goals and Beyond 2015. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/