Butterfly Network (NYSE: BFLY) today announced that it has deployed 500 Butterfly iQ+ devices to healthcare professionals in Kenya.
In March, Butterfly Network announced a $5 million grant to improve maternal and fetal health in sub-Saharan Africa. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided the grant. The funds were intended to provide 1,000 healthcare workers in the region with the Butterfly iQ+ wearable whole-body ultrasound probe.
The company aims to advance maternal and fetal health in the region. Butterfly Network announced the deployment during a ceremony at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
“The vast majority of the world’s population lacks access to medical imaging equipment and training, a gap that limits what is possible when it comes to health and risk assessments. a patient and a community as a whole. With Butterfly, we are changing that,” said Darius Shahida, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Butterfly Network. “Our work here in Kenya represents the beginning of what is possible in terms of providing practitioners with the tools, training and confidence to transform care with ultrasound information. Obstetricians in high-income countries use ultrasound every day and so we are honored to equip midwives across Africa with the same capability – a capability that we know will significantly improve care for pregnant women and their unborn children.
Associations are mobilizing to support the initiative
Kenyatta University has partnered with the Global Ultrasound Institute and the Butterfly Network in this initiative. Acting Vice-Chancellor Waceke Wanjohi said practitioners equipped with Butterfly devices and trained can help improve care for mothers and their children in the community.
As part of the launch, Butterfly Network brought together 50 practitioners, who each received training on the device and obstetric ultrasound. Through the program, a total of 500 practitioners will receive training by the end of the year. This aims to bring ultrasound capabilities to more than 50 facilities in underserved rural communities.
Jamf also contributed to the program. The company’s software for mobile device management provides every practitioner with a fast login process and express scan mode while ensuring patient privacy and data security.
“Expanding access to medical imaging technology in Kenya is essential for maternal and fetal health. Equally important to expanding access is the personalized training that hundreds of healthcare providers have received through this deployment,” said Dr. Kevin Bergman, co-founder and CEO of Global Ultrasound Institute. “Equipped with Butterfly ultrasound technology, hundreds of healthcare providers across Kenya will be able to use portable ultrasound to treat and care for hundreds of thousands of pregnant patients thanks to the training they received from Global Ultrasound Institute at Kenyatta University”.