P.a.n.d.a.

Pregnancy And Newborn Diagnostic Assessment

The P.A.N.D.A. system integrates mobile technology to provide on-the-doorstep personalised pregnancy diagnostic services  in areas with restricted access to health facilities.

The system comprises three components:  

  • The P.A.N.D.A. app – icon-based Android application.

  • The Point of Care – solar backpack containing a diagnostic platform.

  • The Medical Unit – java-based software system hosted inside the referral hospital. 

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P.A.N.D.A. is a system that enables doctors, midwives, and community health workers to collaborate across traditional boundaries, providing antenatal care to vulnerable populations and helping to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. The system combines existing smartphone technologies in one easy-to-use, affordable, robust, and portable diagnostic tool connected remotely to a centralised system.

The P.A.N.D.A. app is icon-based and customisable to the socio-cultural environment of each project, meaning that the language and accompanying images are adapted to the local context, facilitating its use in low literacy settings.

The app is designed to guide community workers through four pre-defined modules, allowing the collection of personal information, medical history, and the test results collected during the antenatal care visit.

A solar backpack carries the medical equipment necessary to peform antenatal screening and each tool is programmed to feed data back to the app.

One section of the P.A.N.D.A. app - the Health Education Model - is designed to provide each woman with the chance to ask questions and receive advice on topics ranging from nutrition, to finances, to delivery preparedness. 

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Once the visit is completed, the data is sent wirelessly to the medical unit database  within the referral hospital, enabling doctors to map the pregnancies of the target population for risk location and timing, and to implement customised treatment plans when necessary. 

Since the deployment of the first prototype in 2014, the P.A.N.D.A. system has expanded its reach to Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Cara di Mineo, the largest refugee camp in Europe.