Johannesburg, South Africa – In partnership with regional medical distributors, VIA Global Health is excited to announce the NASG Africa partnership to distribute Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garments for the treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhage across Africa. Building upon the success of a similar program in India that has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of new mothers, VIA has partnered with medical distributors across Africa to improve awareness and access to the life-saving device.
“This is what VIA Global Health is all about — efficiently addressing the needs of patients and medical professionals in emerging markets while also empowering local and regional distributors and recognizing the important role they play in the global health supply chain,” remarked Reza Garda, South African Sales Manager for VIA Global Health.
The NASG, short for Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment, is a relatively simple first-aid compression device that can be used to stabilize women suffering from PPH. The device is particularly useful in low-resource and rural settings where health centers with the ability to maintain cold-chain supplies and perform blood transfusions often require lengthy transport times. In clinical studies the NASG has demonstrated a 40 to 80% reduction in maternal mortality. The simplistic design and durable construction allow the NASG to be reused more than one hundred and forty times.
“In our research, women who appeared clinically dead, with no blood pressure and no palpable pulse, were resuscitated and kept alive for up to two days [using the NASG] while waiting for blood transfusions.” — Suellen Miller, PhD, RN, CNM, MHA
In structuring these multi-distributor supply chain partnerships and supporting them with broader awareness campaigns, VIA is able to significantly reduce costs per device while empowering local distribution partners and improving overall access.
According to Yashin Juggernath, Managing Director of one of the key sub-Saharan partners,
“This is exactly what we need, the doctors and midwives are asking for the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment. By partnering with VIA Global Health we know we are getting quality and with the shared purchasing power they provide continent-wide we are able to offer the product to our customers at a much better price.”
Additionally, the VIA platform is able to connect obstetricians, midwives and surgeons in rural settings directly with innovators and experts like Dr. Suellen Miller from UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Dr. Miller, a leading expert on maternal health and co-author of numerous NASG studies and has participated in VIA Product Training webinars with our distributor network. That, along with a VIA webinar with Dr. Sheela Mane, an expert on NASG implementation in India, are now publicly available through the NASG Africa website.
The project which is currently headquartered out of VIA Global Health’s Johannesburg office hopes to improve the lives of more than 250,000 mothers in 2019. Added Garda, “given the scale of the problem and the response so far, we believe that these numbers are a starting point for what we can accomplish by engaging with and empowering local distribution partners across Africa.”
Distributors and medical providers who are interested in participating in the program are welcome to join by submitting an enquiry online — https://www.anti-shock-garment.co.za/nasg-africa-enquiry.
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