By Noam Goldberg - April 1, 2019

According to USAID, Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest newborn death rate of 34 per 1,000 births. In 2017, UNICEF estimated 1.04 million neonatal deaths in the region, accounting for nearly a fifth of under-five deaths globally.

In an effort to combat the region’s extreme infant mortality rates, Israeli medical technology company, EarlySense, is deploying its market-leading patient monitoring platform in Nairobi, Kenya.

EarlySense was selected by international nonprofit, Save The Children, to monitor newborns’ vital signs as part of a pilot project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company’s contact-free, piezoelectric sensors will be used to measure infants’ respiratory rate, heart rate, and any type of motion, detecting dangers such as rib-cage movement and heart contractions without disturbing or coming into contact with the infant.

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