Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor

With a background in Mechanical Engineering, Sato Bonface Kariuki has been able to put his skills to the test, by coming up with a Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor, whose sole purpose is to detect the heart-rate of a foetus, and at the same time be able to tell the mother's blood pressure, throughout the 9 months expectancy period.

Mechanical engineer, Sato Bonface Kariuki

Mechanical engineer, Sato Bonface Kariuki

The project which is the idea of four (4) individuals, including an engineer, a nurse, a public health person and an I.T person, under the umbrella body of 4-month old start-up company,
Jalbit Tech, was developed after they discovered through research the high mortality rate of unborn children throughout the country.

Sato working on the wiring system on the Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor

Sato working on the wiring system on the Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor

Some of the factors that contributed to this were:
1. The duration between antenatal check-ups was too long, i.e. every 2 weeks.
2. Congestion in maternal health centres/clinics. This resulted in expectant women choosing to
skip clinic visits.

These factors resulted in the children having underdeveloped organs and others being distressed.

Although the project is currently at the pilot phase,it is believed to be a great solution to the stated issues, especially since the mothers-to-be will be able to use the device at their
own convenience, and from the comfort of their homes.

An expectant mother testing out the Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor

An expectant mother testing out the Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor


In addition, once it has rolled out, it will be retailing at an affordable price, so as to cater for people from all walks of life.