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|Health Topic||Child mortality|
Problem being addressed
Sixty percent of all newborns develop some form of jaundice after birth, and about twelve percent of these newborns need to receive immediate treatment for severe jaundice. If left untreated, severe jaundice can cause life-threatening brain damage. Although this condition can be treated with phototherapy, this treatment method is currently too expensive to be used in low-resource health facilities.
Detailed description of the solution
Bilibed is a phototherapy treatment option that is cheap, portable, and can be placed next to the mother for follow-up and feeding. The device uses a 30W bulb that has a 1500-hour lifespan. The bulb emits a blue LED light that diminishes orange skin pigmentation and treats jaundice. In addition to treating jaundice, Bilibed also warms the baby, thus preventing hypothermia. The device is easy to use as it has an automatic thermometer set that cools down the device if the temperature gets too high.
- Designed by: Breath of Life
- Manufacturer (if different): Medical Technology Transfer Services
- Manufacturer location: Vietnam
When and where it was tested/implemented
East Meets West
Other internally generated reports
Bilibed (2009). Medical Technology Transfer and Services. Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.
Externally generated reports
Portable LED based warmer and Bilibed (2013, January 11). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.
Bilibed (2013). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.