Classroom Inventions That Help Save Lives
Sometimes what happens in college is not just practice for the real world, it can actually have a real impact beyond campus. Several student-led product development teams are saving lives through innovative healthcare designs.
Cellscope, which converts smartphones into microscopes so that healthcare workers in remote areas can diagnose diseases, and the Pratt Pouch, which stores antiretroviral medications that help protect newborn babies against infection from HIV-positive mothers, are two inventions designed and developed by U.S. students supported by the USAID-backed Higher Education Solutions Network.
Devex spoke to the the students and professors behind the development of both innovations, to find out more.
Transforming smartphones into microscopes for portable diagnoses
CellScope, a device which turns the camera of a mobile phone or tablet computer into a high-quality microscope, is making it easier, faster and cheaper to diagnose a range of illnesses in developing countries without patients having to leave their village.