UK developed incubators saving babies’ lives in Ukraine

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Photo Credit: mOm and Crown Agents

Incubators developed by a UK company supported by Innovate UK are saving the lives of babies and supporting clinicians in Ukraine.

mOm has worked with Crown Agents and Jersey Overseas Aid to deliver the systems to where they are needed in Ukraine.

In Ukraine they are being used to provide much-needed flexibility in the healthcare system.

Since February, stress and trauma have become a daily part of life for many of the 32 million Ukrainians who have not fled the country. Reports are stating that this stress is having a negative effect on pregnant women with doctors seeing a sharp rise in premature births.

The mOm Essential Incubator can be assembled anywhere and used by clinicians immediately,  without compromising on effectiveness or health standards.

The incubator does not require lengthy training and is energy efficient, manoeuvrable, equipped with a back-up battery which is vital as Ukraine continues to face power outages.

Herve Verhoosel, from global health initiative UNITAID, said:

The war increases the level of stress in pregnant women leading to an increased level of the number of premature births reported, up to three times more than before the war.

mOm CEO and founder James Roberts said:

It is humbling to see our systems supporting clinicians and saving lives in these very difficult times.

It goes some way to proving how the mOm incubator can be used anywhere and everywhere, giving much-needed flexibility to the healthcare system.

Richard Hebdon, Director of Health and Life Sciences at Innovate UK, said:

This rapid deployment of portable neonatal incubators to Ukraine is remarkable.

Innovate UK are very proud to have supported mOm Incubators on their journey to regulatory approval and clinical use, and it’s fantastic that we’re in a position to help a UK business respond to such an urgent health crisis.


Source: UK Research and Innovation.

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). They bring together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. For more details go to: https://www.ukri.org/

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