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Interest: Health

Technology is essential to good health worldwide. Product designers are revealing its potential with devices such as paper-based rapid disease diagnostics, accurate male circumcision tools that can reduce the rate of HIV infection, and suites of telemedicine tools that put doctors on screens right in a patient’s home. Medical devices are the link between good design and good health.

Interest: Health

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Gustavo Valbuena

Contact Tracing Apps Can Work, If They Surmount Their Trust Problem

January 22, 2021

An emerging complementary measure to fight the coronavirus and flatten the new infection curve is the implementation of contact...

The Conversation

Where the Cold Chain Doesn’t Go

January 5, 2021

The cold supply chain can’t reach everywhere. That’s a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination. To mitigate health inequities...

Marie Floryan

Are 3D-Printed Prostheses the Solution for Limb Loss in Low-Income Countries?

October 23, 2020

Maybe, but gaps remain. 3D printing is disrupting industries around the world largely because of the availability of low-cost...

Rob Goodier

Help Define Best Practices in Biomedical Engineering: Answer This Questionnaire

October 6, 2020

Members and readers of Engineering for Change are invited to take part in defining the best practices in biomedical...

Chantal Iribagiza

Research Brief: An Air Quality Feedback System May Promote Clean Cooking

October 1, 2020

An electronic device might be able to change people’s behavior and prompt household cooks to use clean cookstoves rather...

The Conversation

UV Light Can Make the Indoors Safer During the Pandemic – If It’s Used Correctly

September 11, 2020

Editor’s note: The author, Dr. Karl Linden, conducts research into water and sanitation technologies that meet basic needs in...

The Conversation

Cloth Masks Do Protect the Wearer – Breathing in Less Coronavirus Means You Get Less Sick

August 20, 2020

Editor’s note: E4C asked the author, Dr. Monica Gandhi, about the efficacy of masks that might be worn in...

Rob Goodier

The Five “E’s” of Human-Centered Design in Global Development

August 18, 2020

Human-centered design is a process as fluid as the humans on which it is centered. But it is also...

Rob Goodier

Make Your Own Facemask Tested at 96.5% Filtration Efficiency

May 22, 2020

A do-it-yourself facemask built around an air conditioner filter has been tested at more than 96 percent filtration efficiency....

Vera Kortman

A COVID-19 Ventilator for Everyone

May 1, 2020

What do a pressure cooker, a bicycle gear hub and COVID-19 have in common? Four weeks ago, Gerwin Smit...


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