UK-based Indian student builds low-cost cardboard incubator for babies
India and other developing countries lack behind in neonatal care at the very grass root levels which accounts for more than 300,000 fatalities in infants during the first 24 hours of birth. Seeing this as a major problem that needs to be attended at the earliest, an Indian student currently pursuing his Innovation Design Engineering (IDE), a Master’s dual degree course at the Imperial College London and Royal College of Art, has developed a low cost baby incubator that could save many lives. Made from cardboard, this incubator is aptly named as BabyLifeBox and is designed by Malav Sanghavi to provide vital lifeline to infants who need immediate care.
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Apparently, the cardboard incubator won third prize for a competition held at St. Jame’s Palace in London. Malav says that his inspiration came when his cousin’s new born baby had to be kept in an incubator for immediate care and he wondered about the plight of infants in rural areas where neonatal care facilities are not so good. He also pitched the idea to entrepreneurs who gathered at an event hosted by Prince Andrew – the Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II’s younger son.
Malav is now looking for initial seed funding for this innovative project to develop feasible prototype and begin clinical trials to make it a commercially available product. As for the design of this cardboard incubator not much is known until now and we can expect this project to land on crowd-funding websites soon.