The sixth edition of the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa culminated with a bang as the African Innovation Foundation awarded three more African innovators for their incredible innovations. Out of the total of over 2500 applications where 10 nominees were selected.
Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECFG) by Philippa Ngaju Makobore, who bagged the Second Prize of US$ 25 000, is designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor. It is easy to operate and has key safety features, which include alarms for rate of infusion (rapid or slow), total volume (over or under) and faulty sensors.
A battery utilizing a hybrid (AC mains and solar) charging bed powers the device. IV infusions are critical for both adults and children in various situations. Over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals need immediate infusion therapy. Findings from the FEAST trial indicates that over-infusion in children increased the absolute risk of death by 3.3 % at 48 hours. Erroneous delivery rates can result into serious adverse effects. The ECGF has the potential to save lives by providing accuracy and safety at 8% the cost of a brand new infusion pump according to APO.
Aly El-Shafei of Egypt emerged as the Grand Prize winner and Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia won the Special Prize for Social Impact. Each one of the seven remaining nominees also went home with US$ 5 000 voucher to be used to further develop their innovations. Moreover, all nominees and winners will benefit from IPA post prize activities aiming at moving their innovations to the next level.
Source Story; Africa Newsroom