Project MESA aims to facilitate safe and effective gynecological examinations in developing rural regions with a portable, gynecological examination table. After further developing their product technically and performing constant evaluation of their stakeholders needs, they will increase production and distribution of the product, transforming the way that gynecological screenings take place in the developing world.
Project Alivio was formed from last year’s Service Abroad and Needs Assessment trip to Antigua, Guatemala which involved volunteering in clinics and schools, as well as a visit to a hospital to assess the most prominent health inequities. The project team has been working to narrow their focus by prioritizing the needs statements generated on upper respiratory infections, anemia, maternal care, hygiene, and diagnostic equipment through extensive literature review and multiple selection rubrics. The group traveled back to Guatemala in the summer of 2016 for further needs assessments and design specifications.
Vaccines prevent disease and save lives every year. However, vaccines are extremely sensitive to temperature and must be kept within a range of 2-8 degrees Celsius. In rural areas with extremely warm climates and unreliable electricity, keeping vaccines at their optimal temperature is a challenge. According to the World Health Organization, vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million child deaths a year, yet nearly 24 million children under one year of age are not being vaccinated. There is a need for an alternative way of refrigerating vaccines to help these rural regions.
Our mission is to develop a non-invasive blood glucose monitor for impoverished areas around the globe while simultaneously raising awareness of diabetes in those areas. We have proposed a two- pronged test, including a urinary analysis and the long term development of a salivary analysis.
Our mission is to develop an appropriate method for low-resource settings to regulate patient temperature during surgery to prevent perioperative hypothermia. We aim to improve patient outcomes by reducing risk of infection, prolonged recovery, increased medical costs and other complications that can arise.
Neonatal Asphyxia Project
The Neonatal Asphyxia Project aims to build a smart solution to manage and reduce the complications associated with neonatal asphyxia in infants born in low-resource communities. Neonatal asphyxia is the medical condition that results when a newborn is deprived of oxygen and other nutrients before, during, or after birth. Currently, we are working to develop a hypothermia therapy device that will minimize an infant’s risk of long-term health consequences.
The Initiative is designing a hybrid infant warmer, which would have the benefits of an infant incubator while giving a method to provide skin-to-skin contact between the neonate and mother. The project team plans to travel to their community partners in Ethiopia for further needs assessments in summer of 2018.
The goal of this program is to give younger students design skills and prepare them to be leaders within M-HEAL. Throughout the Fall semester, the Design Challenges hold workshops on library research, SolidWorks, and translating user requirements into engineering specifications, each led by either a University staff member or other M-HEAL members. The participants have now been split into 2 teams and one team will design a device to better assess the malnutrition status in children, while the other team will be designing a solution to assess cardiovascular risk in patients, both in low-resource environments.The teams will have to design a prototype, while giving design reports and presentations along the way.
Every Spring Break, M-HEAL sends 16-18 students to a Latin American country to do needs assessment and volunteer in mobile campaigns. Students build relationships with their host families, assist in schools and communities, and learn about data collection.
Each year, M-HEAL sends a group of students on a domestic Spring Break trip. These students will volunteer in under-resourced areas, while also focusing on developing their career goals by touring hospitals and companies working in biotechnology.
M-HEAL volunteers at World Medical Relief every month by sorting donated medical supplies for shipments abroad.
Design Review 2015
All of our teams presented at this year's Design Review!