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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Menyo Innocent (
Private sector

    M-SCAN devices are locally designed portable, affordable and power efficient ultrasound devices that work on laptops, tablets and mobile phones. The devices are a stand out for their ease of connection to multiple platforms through the use of an OTG cable that allows connection to either laptop or a mobile phone. At M-SCAN, we have the urgent mission to decentralize the access to ultrasound especially to pregnant women through increasing detection of risk factors of maternal mortality early in pregnancy and having the mother intervened on early. We work through a two faceted program that aims at both capacity building through training frontline health workers especially midwives in Obstetrics Ultrasound, followed by deployment of the M-SCAN devices. This has allowed for introduction of our services to the furthest & most remote parts in countries we operate with real time impact registered. We make follow up on all our deployments through calls and updates on number of mothers scanned, complications detected and referrals made. This initiative has been developed by an enthusiastic team of like minded medics including sonographers, medical doctors with support from IT specialists and guidance from Radiologists and Obstetricians.

    Expected Impact

    The M-SCAN initiative seeks to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) as a result of pregnancy-related complications through building capacity of frontline health workers in sustainable, safe and effective provision of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUSS) to pregnant women. Most pregnancy-related deaths occur in remote underserved areas. Therefore, with improved access to ultrasound, such causes will be detected in a timely manner and appropriate measures taken. There is also growing evidence that ultrasound in antenatal clinic boosts the use of antenatal care and other medical services which in turn reduces MMR. The current training curriculum accommodates a session entitled “gender aspects of POCUSS” to ensure health workers are gender sensitive during execution. To date we have scanned over 3,000 pregnant women and detected over 1,500 complications (50%) with 20% of these referred for more advanced clinical attention. We aim at scanning at-least 1.5 million pregnant women by 2025.


    Mobile Scan Solutions Uganda

    Additional information

    M-SCAN in the media and awards attained globally for our life changing solution in Sub-Sahara Africa: Tech Crunch: Dubbed Africa's coveted and most promising Startup, link: Johnson & Johnson Inc. Award: Cisco Award: M-SCAN in Kalangala Island: , M-SCAN Out reach in Kalangala island:, M-SCAN Product Video: M-SCAN in Germany: M-SCAN Leader at the UN Global Gathering (Appreciation Letter from H.E.H.E. Collen V. Kelapile):

    Goal 3

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    Goal 3


    By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

    Maternal mortality ratio


    Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel


    By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

    Under-five mortality rate


    Neonatal mortality rate


    By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases


    Number of new HIV infections per 1,000 uninfected population, by sex, age and key populations


    Tuberculosis incidence per 100,000 population


    Malaria incidence per 1,000 population


    Hepatitis B incidence per 100,000 population


    Number of people requiring interventions against neglected tropical diseases


    By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

    Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease


    Suicide mortality rate


    Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol


    Coverage of treatment interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial and rehabilitation and aftercare services) for substance use disorders


    Alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol


    By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

    Death rate due to road traffic injuries


    By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes


    Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods


    Adolescent birth rate (aged 10-14 years; aged 15-19 years) per 1,000 women in that age group


    Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all


    Coverage of essential health services


    Proportion of population with large household expenditures on health as a share of total household expenditure or income


    By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution


    Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)


    Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning


    Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate

    Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older


    Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all


    Proportion of the target population covered by all vaccines included in their national programme

    Total net official development assistance to medical research and basic health sectors

    Proportion of health facilities that have a core set of relevant essential medicines available and affordable on a sustainable basis


    Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States

    Health worker density and distribution


    Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks


    International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness


    Percentage of bloodstream infections due to selected antimicrobial-resistant organisms

    Goal 5

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Goal 5


    End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere


    Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non‑discrimination on the basis of sex


    Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

    Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age


    Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence


    Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

    Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18


    Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age


    Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate


    Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location


    Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life


    Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments


    Proportion of women in managerial positions


    Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences


    Proportion of women aged 15-49 years who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care


    Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee full and equal access to women and men aged 15 years and older to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education


    Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


    (a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure


    Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control


    Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

    Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex


    Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels


    Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment

    Name Description

    Deploy at-least 200 M-SCAN devices to underserved communities by 2025

    Train at-least 100 Frontline Health Workers in Point of Care Ultrasound by 2025

    Impact at-least 1.5million pregnant women by 2025.

    Financing (in USD)
    This will facilitate development of 200 M-SCAN devices and deployment of the same.
    Financing (in USD)
    This will facilitate capacity building in training frontline health workers in Obstetrics Ultrasound for long term impact.
    Staff / Technical expertise
    To enhance our Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting of Our numbers.
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    Action Network
    SDG Acceleration Actions
    01 January 2023 (start date)
    01 December 2025 (date of completion)
    Menyo Innocent
    1. Africa
    Other beneficiaries


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    Innocent, Team Lead