Cardboard Incubator Gives Preemies Better Chance of Survival

The first few weeks of life are critical for premature and low birth weight babies, as their ability to regulate their own body temperature is not fully developed. Placing the baby in an incubator, essentially a man-made version of the womb, helps maintain an infant’s temperature and environment. However, the use of incubators in low-resource countries is much more difficult, as the products are generally too expensive.

Gavind Rao, infant incubator
Govind Rao presenting at the 4th Annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium where he was awarded $50,000 from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI)

“The statistics, especially in lower source environments, are pretty grim: About every 10 seconds a baby dies, and usually it’s due to problems of hypothermia or sepsis,” says Govind Rao, Ph.D., professor and director at the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). “Low birth weight has become increasingly common as women defer childbirth. If you had an inexpensive way to intervene and keep baby warm, it would have a dramatic impact.” Rao added that premature babies born in these environments are also at risk of infection, because the incubators are not always effectively cleaned and sanitized. This means that as one sick baby leaves the incubator, the next baby coming in is highly susceptible to accepting the infection. “That becomes a highly problematic issue leading to high mortality,” says Rao.

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Kajal Aggarwal Donate SmartCane IIT Delhi, Phoenix medical systems, Saksham, Snapdeal Sunshine

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This R2D2 can get you up and keep going

From light-weight prosthetics to a standing wheelchair, the IIT-Madras lab develops affordable assistive devices for the disabled.

Walking into Sujatha Srinivasan’s lab in IIT-Madras is like entering a sci-fi movie set, with futuristic looking prosthetics models on table-tops and assistive devices in various stages of design and development. The Associate Professor, who heads the Rehabilitation…

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A Cane for the Blind that Senses Tall Obstacles

As an undergraduate studying computer science and engineering in New Delhi, Rohan Paul, the son of two doctors, took on a class project working with the blind. He learned that the white cane, which many visually impaired people depend on for mobility, has a major shortcoming: It doesn’t allow users to detect obstacles at or above knee level, such as tree branches, road barriers, car doors and clotheslines…

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Designing Medical Devices for the Poorest Four Billion

Let’s say you have developed a great prototype, but the prototype needs to get to market. It needs to get to commercialization. Commercialization is key to impact, but we have a real shortage of groups that will support the “unsexy” part of product development – scaling. My plea is – particularly to funders – to focus support on the valley of death between proof-of-concept and commercialization. Without it, there is no impact at scale.

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