Updated on January 27, 2024

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Created on October 1, 2020

Body Belt Incubator

The Body Belt Incubator is a body-heat utilizing reusable incubator for microbiological water quality field testing.

Tested By
  • The Government of Nepal
  • UNICEF
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

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.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price

$4.20

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

UNICEF and ENPHO Laboratories

Manufacturing/Building Method

The Body Belt Incubator is developed and manufactured by ENPHO Laboratories.

Intellectural Property Type

Trademark

User Provision Model

This technology can be purchased through ENPHO's website and through the UNDP.

Distributions to Date Status

By 2020, 730 had been deployed. Interview with manufacturer

Test types included

E. Coli and other microbiological tests

Equipment included

Reusable cloth and velcro belt

Tests per kit

18 tests per kit

Detection range

N/A

Processing time for one sample (hr)

24 hrs

Additional materials required

N/A

Power required (yes/no)

No

Complete kit weight (kg)

Unknown

Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

N/A

Replacement Components

N/A

Lifecycle

The product's lifecycle depends on how often it is used and worn out as it is a fabric cloth product.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

No significant variation in results between the belt and electric incubation techniques.

Vetted Performance Status

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.

Safety

It is important to ensure that the belt is secure but not too tight as to restrict blood flow.

Complementary Technical Systems

None

Academic Research and References

“Ecoconcern,” Com.np. https://ecoconcern.com.np/

“Incubation Belt for MICS.” n.d. Unicef.Org. https://supply.unicef.org/s0000593.html

“Ecoconcern.” n.d. Com.Np. https://ecoconcern.com.np/enpho_lab 

“Goal 6.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6 

N.d. Engineeringforchange.Org. https://www.engineeringforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ENPHO-Body-belt.pdf 

“Body Belt Incubator -a Low Cost, Easy-to-Use and Non-Electric Incubator.” n.d. Engineeringforchange.Org. https://www.engineeringforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/portable-body-belt-incubator.pdf

“ENPHO Body Belt Research Results from One of the Research Conducted by Environment & Public Health Organization (ENPHO) -Nepal.” n.d. Engineeringforchange.Org. https://www.engineeringforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ENPHO-Body-Belt-Research-Results.pdf

Compliance with regulations

Unknown

Evaluation methods

Chromocult Agar with Body Belt Incubation vs. the Standard Method Test

Other Information

None

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