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PATH Solar Powered Infant Warmer
|Health Topic||Child mortality|
Problem being addressed
There is an estimated 3,100 newborn deaths worldwide each day within the first 24 hours of birth. This number could be dramatically lowered if breastfeeding and warmth to the child were provided immediately. Without this treatment, infants are susceptible to hypothermia and potentially, death.
Detailed description of the solution
This affordable infant warmer harnesses solar power from lightweight, high-efficiency photovoltaic modules and uses phase change material to store the heat. It has a low-cost temperature monitoring system to ensure infant safety. Once established, it is estimated to cost under $200.
- Designed by: Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH)
- Manufacturer (if different):
- Manufacturer location: Seattle, WA USA
When and where it was tested/implemented
Finalist in Saving Lives at Birth Competition
Other internally generated reports
Externally generated reports
Saving Lives at Birth. (2011). Extremely affordable solar-powered infant warmer to complement skin-to-skin care. Retrieved November 10, 2013 from here.
PATH solar powered infant warmer. Retrieved November 10, 2013 from here.