Saving Mothers and Babies Everywhere (Vayu Update)
I do hope that this summer finds you and your family healthy and enjoying your days.
Here at Vayu we have exciting updates to share!
The Uterine Balloon is……..Almost Everywhere!
Thanks to all our caring supporters like you, the (FDA-approved) Uterine Balloon is now being commercially produced at scale in India and distributed around the world.
In the pictures below, you can see OBGYNs in India and Bangladesh proudly displaying their uterine balloons (…which I am embarrassed to say was named after me despite my wishes to the contrary!)
At just $4 USD, the sales price is 100 times less than its “competitor.”
This is such an exciting milestone! Being able to distribute at this price point enables us to make the UBT accessible to poor communities everywhere and save womens’ lives worldwide.
I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this a reality!
The CPAP is Needed Everywhere Too!
Despite the Pandemic, our work developing high-quality, low-cost oxygen delivery systems is on track for reaching global scale as well.
To date, Vayu bubble CPAP Systems have been used to help over 2,000 infants breathe in select facilities across 6 countries (Italy, Vietnam, Tanzania, India, Kenya, Nepal).
While there is considerable work ahead before full US FDA approval, on July 16th, we presented an update to WHO, and they could not have been more enthusiastic.
To quote one of the WHO program directors,
The Vayu Oxygen Delivery Systems will be game-changers for premature newborns, infants and young children worldwide.
Thank you for joining us in this effort in this difficult time in human history.
In our next update, I will review more details around the oxygen delivery systems’ commercial strategy.
Additionally, we are forming a senior advisory board. Please let me know if you have questions or interest in joining.
Please do take care,
Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM
Director Global Health Innovations Lab
Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
President, Vayu Global Health Foundation
President, Ujenzi Charitable Trust