Prenatal Sprinkles

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About this medical device
Status Prototype
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in Canada
Replicated in Africa
Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Preventative
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Hypertensive diseases associated with preeclampsia and preterm birth associated with anemia in pregnancy are both major causes of maternal and newborn death. This is especially the case in low-resource settings since in these areas there is minimal access to emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

This device provides a means of delivering microencapsulated calcium, iron, and folic acid to pregnant women in developing settings. These substances are used because anemia is prevented by the use of iron and preeclampsia is prevented by the use of calcium. In the past, it has not been possible to combine iron and calcium within one supplement because calcium has been shown to interfere with iron absorption. However, these “Prenatal Sprinkles” contain pH-sensitive time-release microencapsulated iron and calcium to overcome this problem, which allows both nutrients to be safely delivered together.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: A team at The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Manufacturer location: Toronto, Canada

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Finalist of Saving Lives at Birth competition

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Saving Lives at Birth: A grand challenge for development. (2011, July 25). Retrieved from here

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Prenatal calcium to prevent preeclampsia and preterm birth in resource-poor rural settings. (2011). Retrieved from here