The BabySaver Team
The BabySaver has been created by a team of maternity and neonatal experts from the UK and Uganda.
Working with pregnant women and new mothers at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda, they have come up with a unit that is safe, effective, and cost efficient, but also culturally acceptable.
Professor Andrew Weeks, a consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, and James Ditai of the Sanyu Africa Research Institute (SAfRI) in Mbale, Uganda, led the research.
SAfRI is part of the Sanyu Research Unit, based at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, is dedicated to improving maternity care worldwide, particularly in poorer settings.
The unit aims to generate sustainable improvements in maternal and infant health. Its goal is to develop and evaluate low cost technologies for clinical care that will have a direct impact on mothers all over the world.
The Department of Women's and Children's Health and the Sanyu Unit are a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health.
Andrew Weeks is Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool. He is Director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis. Brought up in Kenya, he completed his medical training in Yorkshire.
In 2001 he returned to East Africa for two years as visiting lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Makerere University, Uganda. In 2003 he joined the University of Liverpool as first clinical lecturer, then senior lecturer before being awarded a personal chair in 2011. He is also honorary consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the UK’s largest obstetric units.
His primary interest is in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. Andrew has over 130 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India.
James is a founder and Executive Director of Sanyu Africa Research Institute, and a research fellow in maternal and newborn health innovations.
He was raised and studied in a small village in Uganda and completed his public health training at the University of Manchester. In 2008, he worked in rural western Uganda with the Joint Clinical Research Centre on HIV/AIDS interventions and clinical trials, before returning to Mbale in 2011 when he joined the University of Liverpool as a research assistant in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health.
He is currently completing his PhD in women’s health and has personally visited 853 mothers with newborns in their homes, but his work is estimated to have reached over 28,000 mothers.
Kathy is a paediatrician in the Neonatal Unit at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. Her main interests include medical education and clinical research in neonatal care in resource limited settings. She is particularly interested in the care of low birth weight and preterm babies in these settings.
She has previously worked on projects in India, Bolivia, Cambodia, South Africa and the Thai-Burmese border and is founder of the Born on the Edge charity, which works to improve newborn healthcare worldwide.
The unit was designed by Peter Watt, design engineer, and his team at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust.
Final prototypes were manufactured by Dr Chris Daniel, Head of Rehabilitation Engineering, and his team at Bryn y Neuadd Hospital in Gwynedd, Wales.
Additional clinical input has been provided by Dr Kathy Burgoine, Head of the Neonatal Unit at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.