Everyday, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
In 2015, the number was roughly 303,000 women.
The World Health Organisation puts the number of women and children deaths annually due to indoor gas exposure at 4 million.
As lakhs of women in developing countries work in kitchens, they are constantly exposed to carbon monoxide which adversely affects the health of the child in the womb.
This number can be significantly reduced if the women are reminded and advised to take precautionary measures.
A not-for-profit IT company Grameen, which is based out of Bangladesh, has invented a wearable technology – COEL (Carbon Monoxide Exposure Limiter) in this regard.
To improve the health care given to pregnant women in developing countries, COEL is a bangle which alerts them of exposure to open fires indoors during daily activities like cooking which involves burning wood, charcoal or animal dung.
The bangle also goes through pregnancy milestones, advising women what to do and what not to do.
If the mother is in a harmful environment, the device beeps and asks her to move to a safer area.
The highly effective technology works without internet connectivity, is water resistant, and is programmed to speak in about 80 different languages.
An automated voice speaks wellness messages, telling the woman when to visit the doctor, and informing her about blood deficiency, convulsions, and cramps.
COEL also keeps the mother informed of the size of her child.
As women in developing countries perform all the household work, the wellbeing of her child is always at risk. However, most women are neither aware of these risks, nor have access to proper health care.