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|Health Topic||Maternal mortality|
Problem being addressed
Women during childbearing years are particularly susceptible to anemia. There are an estimated 100,000 maternal and 600,000 newborn deaths a year due to the blood disorder, with millions more affected. Thus far, it has been difficult to influentially screen for anemia in developing countries because it requires individual testing, a process that is time consuming and unrealistic in low-resource facilities.
Detailed description of the solution
The Hemoglobe is an inexpensive phone attachment that transforms rural health workers’ phones into non-invasive and prick-free hemoglobinometers. They automatically relay hemoglobin results to a central server in order to map out anemia prevalence and where help is needed most, geographically. This allows for community-based screening and anemia awareness in areas with high prevalence.
- Designed by: Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
- Manufacturer location: Baltimore, Maryland USA
When and where it was tested/implemented
Johns Hopkins University, Finalist in Saving Lives at Birth Competition
Other internally generated reports
Johns Hopkins University. (July 24 2012). Undergraduates’ Cellphone Screening Device for Anemia Wins $250,000 Prize. Retrieved November 13 2013 from here.
Externally generated reports
Saving Lives at Birth. (August 6 2012). HemoGlobe: Revitalizing Maternal Anemia Prevention and Treatment Globally. Retrieved November 13 2013 from here.