Body Belt Incubator
The Body Belt Incubator is a body-heat utilizing reusable incubator for microbiological water quality field testing.
The ENPHO Body Belt Incubator is a lightweight fabric and reusable belt used to store microbiological water test samples under certain ambient body heat temperature environments.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Settings with limited access to electricity
The Body Belt Incubator is developed and manufactured by ENPHO Laboratories.
This technology can be purchased through ENPHO’s website and through the UNDP.
By 2020, 730 had been deployed. Interview with manufacturer
The Body Belt Incubator uses ambient body heat to incubate microbiological water samples by maintaining an average temperature of anywhere from 25 °C to 40 °C. However, most tests conducted report an average temperature of 33-35 °C. More info here.
The product’s lifecycle depends on how often it is used and worn out as it is a fabric cloth product.
No significant variation in results between the belt and electric incubation techniques.
The belt has been tested by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Nepal and the Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Surve and found that the belt consistently holds a temperature between 33 and 35 °C.
It is important to ensure that the belt is secure but not too tight as to restrict blood flow.
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