Updated Mar 29, 2019

An innovative design and fabrication of portable and collapsible phototherapy device powered by solar energy, rechargeable battery and electricity to treat jaundice in new born


Okechukwu Priscilla

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PhotoBili-Tent, is a portable and collapsible phototherapy (tent) device with a transcutaneous bilirubin meter for the treatment of Jaundice and non-invasive measurement of the level of jaundice in babies.

Stage 5: Scaling

The stage of the project is at the production stage for commercial. the product has gotten an ethical approval fro the university of Lagos and it has been tested at the pediatrics unit in LUTH

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Health, Entrepreneurship and Technology

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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.

Target Beneficiaries

The innovation aim to serve clinics, healthcare centres, hospitals for the treatment of jaundice in rural and Urban area, it could also help mother at home to continue their treatment after the babies have been discharged 24 hours at home instead of exposing the baby to sunlight , which is prevalent in Africa.

Mission and Vision

This innovation is aim at saving lives in the rural area where access to electricity is a challenge in Africa and the world at Large

Competitive Advantage

It is Lightweight and Portable Battery Pack Powered Benefit to Patient: • The model and the tent design with net protection both end. • Ease of use for nursing mothers as compared to other conventional phototherapy machines • Helps facilitate Mother-Baby bonding • Weight is light • Size and dimension promotes 24 hour treatment capability • Being LED based, there are no unwanted wavelengths such as Ultraviolet and infra red rays, which helps in avoiding skin rashes and weight loss – something that is common in conventional phototherapy. • Less risk of tripping hazard when not plugged Benefit to Patient: • Phototherapy Unit can work during a power outage, because it can also be battery or Solar powered • Provides up to 8 hours of continuous treatment without AC outlet • Portability promotes 24 hour light treatment through ease of use • Treatment can be given when at home with the supervision of parent/caregiver and doctors

Planned Goals and Milestones

The transcutaneous bilirubin meter added to this innovation is a welcome development that will enable health care workers monitor the degradation of the level of bilirubin non-invasively. the next stage for this innovation is for it to go live and commercial.
Funding Goal2,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted10
New Implemented CountriesNigeria
Recruit2 Management staff, 4 Board of Directors, 5 volunteers
New FeatureThe device is design with LED, powered by Solar Energy and has a transcutaneous bilirubin meter.

The Team Behind the Innovation

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.



Jan 2019
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