Since completing training, Shane Duffy has balanced a busy job at Chelsea and Westminster with his work in low and middle income countries. He is championing the work of the NewFutures Group in innovation and research and is looking to fund these.
Over the past 5 years Shane has been developing Mednav; a tablet/smartphone application for navigating medical
emergencies. In the way that satnav has replaced conventional maps, Mednav replaces guidelines and protocols by supporting teams in three key ways; directing, prompting and recording.
In 2008, 45% of the population of Senegal had access to a mobile phone which increased to 75% in 2012. Similarly in Tanzania, in 2012 3% of population had a smartphone; this is projected to increase to 20% in 2017. This increase in connectivity is set to revolutionise the way that people access information in these countries. Shane believes that this has potentially life-saving consequences in the resource-poor healthcare setting. Mednav has been developed at Chelsea and Westminster to help teams manage emergencies but we are looking to adapt this for use in low and middle income countries so that no matter how remote the health clinic, there will be effective, realtime guidance on managing medical emergencies. The NewFutures group are looking for £200000 to fund this development
Shane’s other work with NewFutures is his provision of obstetric fistula care which he has been delivering in Uganda and Ethiopia for over 10 years. Obstetric fistula is avoidable with appropriate and timely care in labour and delivery. This condition leaves women completely incontinent but is amenable to surgical intervention. However, surgery is complex and there are only a handful of qualified fistula surgeons globally. There are around 14000 fistula repair operations undertaken each year but around 50000-100000 new cases a year with estimates that 2-3 million women are living untreated. Shane believes that prevention is the solution to obstetric fistula, a paradigm shift in approach. He is aiming to prove this through robust clinical research. With the NewFutures group, he has designed a large randomised controlled trial, to test the theory that the simple intervention, a urinary catheter may prevent the formation of obstetric fistula. We are aiming to recruit 2000 women for a pilot study which will be scaled up to the full trial of 30000 women. For the pilot alone we need to raise £200000 and current estimates are that the full trial will cost £1.5m. With your help, we could dramatically reduce the incidence of obstetric fistula, a devastating and preventable condition, our aim is to make progress towards a fistula free world.
For more information on the trial and living with obstetric fistula see the cw plus websitehttp://www.cwplus.org.uk/research/new-futures/fistula/
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