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Vaginal Insert to Prevent Preterm Delivery

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Treatment
Scope Prototype
Location Africa, Asia, South America

Problem being addressed[edit]

Preterm birth is one of the chief causes of infant mortality in the developing world. While progesterone is known to increase time to labor, a stable, inexpensive, easy-to-use delivery method is needed in low-resource contexts.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

Physicians are developing an inexpensive, shelf-stable vaginal pessary that will dispense progesterone and can be administered by patients or trained birth attendants.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: Scott Sullivan, MD, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Link available here.
  • Manufacturer location: South Carolina, USA

Funding Source[edit]

This device received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Round 6 Award ($100,000).


Other internally generated reports[edit]

Medical University of South Carolina. (2011, September 23). Gates Foundation award grant to help in preventing preterm delivery. Retrieved January 6, 2013. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit]

Grand Challenges in Global Health. (2011). Preventing preterm labor in low resource settings. Retrieved January 6, 2013. Link available here.