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Philips Breath Counter

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Health Topic Child mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Prototype
Location Africa, Asia, South America

Problem being addressed[edit]

Infant pneumonia is one of the leading causes of fatalities in children under the age of five, claiming more than two million children's lives every year.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

The Breath Counter measures the number of breaths taken by a patient to diagnose pneumonia. Once an activation button is pressed, the device counts each breath taken by an infant for one minute. A total of three tests are taken, and the count results for all three tests are displayed on an LCD screen. The device is powered by solar cells and has a lifespan of more than five years. It can be worn around the neck.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: Philips Philanthropy by Design Program
  • Manufacturer: Philips Design
  • Manufacturer location: 2301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle WA, 98121-1825

Planning and Implementation[edit]

Philips partnered with international organizations, such as Save the Children, WHO, and Nepal Family Health Program in developing the Breath Counter.

Funding Source[edit]

Private sources through Philips Philanthropy by Design.


Other internally generated reports[edit]

Philips Philanthropy by Design. (2009). Fighting pneumonia. Full PDF available here.

Externally generated reports[edit]

Bloomberg Businessweek. (n.d.). 15 Best Heavy Duty Designs: Breath Counter. Link available here

Maternova. (2011). Philips’ Breath Counter. More information available here.