70 percent of 95,153,000 number of people in rural areas in Nigeria, lack access to electricity, which now means that 66,607,100 number of children in these areas cannot access phototherapy. Areas that have hospitals with phototherapy equipment often have devices that either don’t deliver therapeutic light doses or are in disrepair. Which is why between 15 and 30 percent of deaths of new born in rural Nigeria are either directly attributable or associated with jaundice.” Neonatal jaundice is one disease that require phototherapy treatment. This kind of treatment is very common among newborns suffering from jaundice in order to reduce high bilirubin levels. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), around 60% to 80% of healthy newborns are likely to develop neonatal jaundice. Hence, demand for phototherapy equipment is expected to rise with growing prevalence of neonatal jaundice. Research has shown that, an average of 400 babies are born monthly, which mean an average of a 100 babies are born weekly, an average of 15 babies are born in LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital) daily. 80-90% of pre-term babies have severe jaundice. 60% of full term babies have Jaundice. (Ezeaka V.C et al, 2003) An untreated jaundice can have devastating consequences. The yellow pigment, called bilirubin, can accumulate in the brain and cause permanent brain damage, hearing loss and physical abnormalities or death. The bilirubin is broken by the High Bright blue LED light from the phototherapy machine. The baby excretes or passes it out through urine.
The story in Africa and the developing world is quite different. Sometimes the nearest hospital with phototherapy equipment is hours’ or days’ travel away. Even though it looks simple, phototherapy is power intensive; no power, no treatment or no electricity, no Treatment. Hence, the need for a portable phototherapy kit, powered by batteries, solar or electricity. My innovation, PhotoBili-Tent is designed as a portable phototherapy device, powered by rechargeable battery, solar energy and electricity, used to provide solutions to hospital in the rural areas and urban areas inclusive, with no power or electricity and phototherapy machines. This is also used by mothers with newborn jaundiced babies to continue treatment at home after being discharged from the hospital, managed by health practitioners.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||10|
|New Implemented Countries||Nigeria|
|Recruit||2 Management staff, 4 Board of Directors, 5 volunteers|
|New Feature||The device is design with LED, powered by Solar Energy and has a transcutaneous bilirubin meter.|
Priscilla Okechukwu has BSc, computer Engineering from Obafemo Awolowo University and also has an MSc in Systems Engineering University of Lagos. She is a social entrepreneur who uses technology to proffer solution in her community. she also build capacity for women and youth. Bose Dahunsi my partner has Bsc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Msc. in Systems Engineering. We are both Biomedical Engineering resaerchers.
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