In Guyana 36% of the population lives below the international poverty line of less than US$1.75 per day. There’s a lack of experienced, Guyana-trained healthcare professionals because doctors often leave to work for higher pay in other countries. Those that stay confront a lack of medicine, medical supplies, and medical devices. They provide the best care they can and make do with donated supplies or creatively re-purpose what they have on hand. For instance, they use surgical face masks to cover infants’ eyes during phototherapy instead of infant-sized eye protectors. Often, donated devices sit unused because they are broken and no replacement parts are available.
D-Rev designs and delivers radically affordable medical devices that close the quality healthcare gap. 35 Brilliance units were purchased by Guyana Save the Kids [KMD1] and placed in hospitals throughout Guyana over several years. The effects have been immediate. Earlier this year, D-Rev volunteers Skip and Laurie Skipper visited hospitals in Guyana to check their usage and collect data and insights for D-Rev.
“In 2015, after we received the Brilliance phototherapy units, baby deaths from jaundice dropped to zero,” said Dr. Winsome Scott, the Head of Pediatrics at Georgetown Hospital, the largest hospital in the country.
D-Rev believes that everyone deserves quality healthcare and we are putting world-class devices into the hands of medical professionals so that they can treat their patients. As one of the Guyanese doctors who have used Brilliance, Dr. Bynoe, said: “Getting better equipment gives the doctors the energy to go higher and puts a bounce in their steps.”