Program for Appropriate Technology in Health – Non-Pneumatic Antishock Garment2012
PATH is an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break long-standing cycles of poor health. Student intern Julianna Oswald developed a supply chain strategy for a Non-Pneumatic Antishock Garment (NASG), a medical device which treats women with uncontrollable postpartum hemorrhage by controlling the bleeding, reversing the shock, and stabilizing the patient for safe transport to a comprehensive obstetric care facility. At the time of this internship, the device’s benefits have been limited by its high cost of distribution and large minimum order requirement. Oswald’s work helped alleviate these barriers and enabled broader distribution in order to save more mothers’ lives during childbirth.