BEMPU: Hypothermia Band
Introduction: In under-resourced settings in low income and middle income countries, hypothermia at birth is one of the most important risk factors for morbidity and mortality in newborn infants of all birth weights and gestational ages. It is estimated 99% of the 4 million babies that die each year worldwide during the neonatal period (0-27 days) live in those settings. Source: WHO
Premise: Current solutions that exist are centred around sophisticated and expensive medical equipment (radiant warmers, incubators), recommended preventive steps (kangaroo mother care: skin-to-skin contact with mother, warm chain management) and unsafe methods (plastic wraps for infants). Mothers in these settings are not trained to measure the infant's temperature and detect hypothermia.
Outcome: Lead the need finding, design research, validation in neonatal healthcare space around temperature monitoring along with Ratul Narain. Prototyped & designed a life saving hypothermia detection band - BEMPU, for infants. Value proposition is centred on ‘Empowering the Mother'. I was part of early phase clinical validation. Currently, Ratul heads the start-up.