Saving Lives at Birth
August 6, 2014

Maternal Health – Saving Lives at Birth Expo – Engineering for Change

Nearly 500 design teams submitted their inventions for reducing the risk of death during childbirth to the Saving Lives at Birth competition. Each was vying for a piece of the partnership’s $50 million in awards, now in its fourth and final round. James Creel, a project manager at Engineering for Global Development at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers visited the awards expo in Washington, DC, USA, this month and shared the photos he took with E4C. We put all of Creel’s photos in our album at Flickr. Here are the highlights.

This low-cost and portable biometric scanner identifies patients through their fingerprints and calls up their medical records. By SimPrints Technology Ltd. in the United Kingdom. Photo by James Creel / E4C

This color strip couples with a mobile phone app to help diagnose jaundice in newborns, by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., USA. Photo by James Creel / E4C

The D-Rev medical device design firm showed its Brilliance blue-light phototherapy machine for treating babies with jaundice. It costs less and consume less power than conventional machines. Photo by James Creel / E4C

Microneedle patches deliver flu vaccines, turning vaccination into an over-the-counter product that patients can administer to themselves, by researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Photo by James Creel / E4C

The Mareezbar patient transporter is a kind of ambulance that can be pulled by a person, bicycle, motorcycle or donkey, designed by the Silk Route Training and Research Organization in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by James Creel / E4C

Pharmacheck is a drug analyzer in a suitcase. It screens drugs that may be poorly made or counterfeit to measure the amount of active ingredients they contain. By researchers at Boston University in Mass., USA. Photo by James Creel / E4C

Hemafuse is an autotransfusion device of blood collected during open surgery for ectopic pregnancy, by Sisu Global Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., USA. Photo by James Creel / E4C

Carolyn Yarina, CEO of Sisu Global Health, demos the Hemafuse. Photo by James Creel / E4C

Dr. Data Santorino, a Ugandan pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, demos his non-contact mobile oximeter that detects asphyxia and pneumonia infection in newborns. Photo by James Creel / E4C

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