MOM: The Inexpensive Inflatable Incubator
Physical Computing Every year, 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely, and close to 1 million do not survive their first few vulnerable months in intensive care. In the developing world premature babies face a particularly difficult fight as the technology to properly care for them is expensive and often not available. Infant mortality is even more prevalent in conflict zones, as the stresses of war and forced migration mean a rise in women giving birth before term. 23-year-old design engineer James Roberts was moved to action when he learnt of the problem from a BBC Panorama feature on war-torn Syria. James devoted his final year at Loughborough University to developing MOM – a portable, inflatable and electronically regulated incubator. MOM is cheap, collapsible, and ideal incubator for makeshift and underdeveloped hospitals. The incubator runs on very little power and can use solar energy and car batteries when main power is unavailable. Even with its simple design, MOM meets British incubation standards and provides the same level of care as full-sized hospital incubators, with a unit price of £250 compared to the £30,000 industry norm. MOM has been well received: it won the prestigious James Dyson Award for innovation in 2014, and response for a prototype tested in Uganda was overwhelmingly positive, with one mother asking if she could take MOM home with her. Now James is seeking funding for clinical trials and is working on a backup battery for the incubator. The WHO estimates that 75% of premature babies could be saved with access to incubation – and James is determined to give them that access. To support MOM and follow the latest updates on funding visit www.momincubators.com .
There are 1 million avoidable prenatal deaths a year. The low cost and easy to use collapsible incubator known as 'MOM,' provides areas with rundown healthcare systems to treat premature babies and sustain their life.
1.1 million premature babies die each year
A lack of proper resources and health care accessibility plays a large role in the loss of premature babies' lives
'MOM' has a unit price of £250 compared to the £30,000 industry norm
Designed and built to survive the harshest environments
Runs on mains power, DC power and has internal backup batteries
Enclosed, removable chamber and easy-to-clean design reduces infection risk
A fraction of the cost of conventional incubators
Won the prestigious James Dyson Award for innovation in 2014
MOM Incubators webpage: http://www.momincubators.com/
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