Visualize is a low-fidelity cervical cancer screening training model.
Ghana and other low-resource countries.
The product will be distributed by the designers and with the help of the Zurak Cancer Foundation and Global Cervical Charity Foundation.
The product currently costs 100 USD but is targeted to cost 25-30 USD.
There are no other educational product platforms similar to this product. Pap smears are an alternative cervical cancer testing method.
Goal 3: Good health and well being
The designers partnered with Zurak Cancer Foundation. The product components are manufactured in the USA and are assembled in Ghana. The designers are in the process of finalizing in-country manufacturing by partnering with engineering students at Ashesi University. Interview with designer, July 2020
Opensource Interview with designer, July 2020
The product is currently in the prototyping and testing phase. The manufacturers have not yet chosen their user provision model.Interview with the designer, July 2020
As of 2020, the product is not yet available to the general public. However, 10 products have been sent out to collaborators for testing purposes. Interview with the designer, July 2020
Visualize is a training platform that teaches people how to identify cervical cancer using visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid. The trainer provides the user with a simulation with an electronic feedback mechanism consisting of an Arduino microcontroller. The trainer includes a speculum, sponge-holding forceps, and a flashlight, which are used to examine a simulated vaginal cavity. There are 11 paper tabs with images of different presentations of cervical cancer printed on them that are inserted into the product and can be seen through the simulated vaginal cavity. An LCD screen instructs the users on the steps to proceed. Acetic acid is not used with the trainer, it is recommended to use a dry sponge to not damage the trainer.
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Tabs with cervical images may need replacement after heavy use.Interview with designer, July 2020
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Designer specified performance targets include: low-cost and accessible educational tool.
Ensuring that the midwives and other operators are properly trained. Interview with designer, July 2020
K. T. Simms et al., Impact of scaled up human papillomavirus vaccination and cervical screening and the potential for global elimination of cervical cancer in 181 countries, 2020–99: a modelling study Lancet Oncol., vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 394–407, Mar. 2019, doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30836-2.
M. R. Young, J. M. Kramer, J. B. Chu, J. V. Hong, K. H. Sienko, and C. M. Johnston, A Cervical Cancer Screening Trainer for Use in Low-Resource Settings. Int. J. Serv. Learn. Eng. Humanit. Eng. Soc. Entrep., vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1–18, Jun. 2016, doi: 10.24908/ijsle.v11i1.6323.
Currently working with Ghana Standards Authority to get the product certified to be used in the country’s standard midwifery curriculum.
The product has been iterated with over 100 stakeholders including midwifery educators, students, doctors, and health administrators. The designers are planning to conduct testing through the Zurak Cancer Foundation. The product is certified by the Ghanian Standards Authority. Interview with designer, July 2020
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