A Review of 2018
At Ubenwa, we set for ourselves the task of addressing the problem of perinatal asphyxia - one of the top 3 causes of newborn mortality today. We are applying machine learning to detect this breathing deficiency using only the infant cry as input. This has enabled us to develop an extremely cost-effective tool - a smartphone app - that is accurate and fast. I encountered first-hand the problem of asphyxia during the years I spent volunteering with Enactus and Fisher Foundation in Nigeria. The journey to develop, test and clinically validate Ubenwa has been exciting but difficult most of the time, with many lessons learned. I would like to take the chance of a new year to look back, reflect on how far Ubenwa has come and take a peek at where we are headed.