In many third-world communities, people have too much sun and not enough money for medical care. A fundamental challenge of medical care anywhere in the world is sterilization. Autoclaves are widely used to sanitize medical equipment but cannot be afforded in many third-world clinical settings. We seek to harness the power of the sun into a safe and fool-proof device to allow nurses in underprivileged communities to quickly and efficiently sanitize medical equipment for re-use, providing for higher quality medical care and lower chances of infection. Such portable devices will also be of use for medical expeditions to rural settings lacking in electricity but abundant in sunlight. Help communities transform their abundance of sunlight to a wealth of health!
The Solar-Powered Autoclave was awarded as one of the World Health Organizations 12 Innovative Technologies to address global health concerns.
Allow for continual proper sterilization of medical equipment and gauze in underfunded clinics around the world.
Anna Young is the R&D Officer for International Laboratories of Innovations in International Health at MIT (IIH). She will be responsible for the human factors design of the device. She has had extensive experience in developing strategies to move technologies from need identification, to R&D, to field testing and user feedback and then implementation. Anna has managed the MEDIKit project at IIH and her solar autoclave research was recently recognized by the WHO as one of the top six innovative technologies in health. Anna is co-founder of Salud del Sol, Inc., a social enterprise focused on solar technologies for health operating in Nicaragua.
Charles Hsu is currently an undergraduate studying biology at MIT. He is working in Dr. Utkan Demirci’s Bio-Acoustic Mems in Medicine Laboratories and is interested in developing technology to help promote better health in rural communities .
V. Ted Liao is the lead researcher of the Solarclave project at IIH. Ted’s expertise in thermodynamics and training in Electrical Engineering make him well suited to lead the system design of the solar autoclave. He has four years of experience in systems engineering from MIT Lincoln Laboratory and BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is currently a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. Ted's research interests are in appropriate technology design for global health and he has spent time in Ethiopia assisting local nurses and healthcare workers in TB patient care.
The Solar Women of Totogalpa
Solar Women of Totogalpa (SWT) is a cooperative consisting of 19 women and 2 men that work in an organized manner in the promotion, production, and research of renewable energy for the sustainable development of their families and their community.
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