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Assam to use portable device ‘SAANS’ to stop neonatal deaths

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The Assam government has decided to use SAANS, an air pressure machine developed by a Bangalore-based start-up, in the state-run hospitals across the state. ‘SAANS’ is a portable neonatal Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) system that can provide lifesaving breathing support to infants in hospital settings as well as during travel. The decision comes following the success of a pilot project to reduce neonatal mortality with special equipment.

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Key points:

  • More than 50 SAANS devices have been deployed across medical colleges in Assam to date with more deployments underway to district hospitals.
  • For the development of the machine, InnAccel Technologies, incubated at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), joined hands with the SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Finance Facility to strengthen respiratory support for newborns and paediatric populations in Assam.
  • SAMRIDH is a multi-stakeholder innovation and financing platform supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by IPE Global.
  • The partnership between InnAccel, C-CAMP and SAMRIDH with support from the National Health Mission, Assam and the Government of Assam will help deploy 307 units of SAANS in the state.

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  • Capital of Assam: Dispur
  • Chief Minister of Assam: Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Governor of Assam: Prof Jagdish Mukhi

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