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Pioneer Medical Research Foundation‘s Project Palav implements a simple cost effective breathing support system that provides breathing support to newborns and saves lives.

In 1990, the World Health Organization Millennium Development Goals were established to improve healthcare outcomes. Today, however, there still remains a high rate of neonatal mortality in rural regions of developing countries (30/1000 live births). A significant number of neonates require expensive emergency postpartum care that cannot be facilitated by ill-equipped facilities and inexperienced health care providers. Often transport systems to advanced are unorganized, unsafe, and do not provide critical en-route care. Over 75% of neonates transported in this manner are hypothermic, cyanotic, hypoglycemic, and thus vulnerable to severe clinical complications.

Thus, parents are left with financial burden and a potential recovery depending on resources or the future of their child in the hands of fate rather than science.


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Founding Directors

DR. Nitin Chouthai, MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH (UK), FAAP
Managing Director and CEO
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

DR. Shashank Behere, MBBS, DNB Orthopedics
Director and COO (India)
Partner and Medical Director of Lifeline Hospital, Aundh, Pune, India.
Panel Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Sahyadri Hospital, Pune, and AIIMS, Aundh, Pune, India
DR. Abhijit Mantri, MBBS, MS (ENT)
Director and Chief Communication Officer
Medical Director at Mantri Hospital, Pune. Panel Consultant ENT surgeon at Sanjeevan Hospital and Shashwat group of Hospitals, Pune, India.
Mr. Anand Chouthai, EMTM, MSCS, PMP, ITIL
Founding Director
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Mrs. Archana Deshpande-Chouthai
Director and COO (USA)