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Photos of the Day: Diagnostic Diapers

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 10:48am
Grand Challenges Canada


Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea that annually kills 500,000 children under age five and hospitalizes millions more. India’s Achira Labs is creating a fabric-based chip that, when integrated into disposable diapers, will help detect and signal the infectious virus quickly and safely.


WHO estimates that 10% to 30% of all patients in developing country healthcare facilities acquire an infection. An innovative sticker for hospital surfaces developed by Lunanos Inc. changes color when a cleaner is applied and fades color after a predetermined period of time, helping staff track and ensure cleanliness of equipment and other frequently touched surfaces.


Being pioneered at McMaster University with international collaborators, a simple sputum test will detect infectious and allergic bronchitis in adults and children, reducing mis-diagnosis in developing countries and saving resources: time, steroids, antibiotics.


A 2012 UN study showed 25% of birth facilities had access to infant resuscitation equipment; 11% had attendants capable of using it.  India’s Windmill Health Technologies has created a novel integrated resuscitation solution, reduces air leakage, creates more consistent air pressure and volume, lessening injuries and improving survival.

Read: 83 Global Health Innovations Receive Grand Challenges Canada Funding

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