09 Sep Neopenda: Preventing infant mortality with the aid of wearable sensors
Nearly 3 million babies die in their first month of life every year and 98% of these deaths occur in the developing world though the primary causes—asphyxia, infections, and complications of preterm birth—that are preventable with timely treatment.
Neopenda: a simple, low-cost, low-power wearable sensor device integrated in a baby hat that continuously monitors newborns’ key vital signs. It is designed for critically ill newborns being cared for in hospitals in low-resource countries. The device uses a simple sensor array to measure heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation, and temperature. Neopenda’s design leapfrogs some of the issues that plagues the developing world from using current technology like cost and reliance on continuous power supply. The sensors in Neopenda are powered by rechargeable batteries, and wirelessly transmit data to a central monitor which alerts attending healthcare professionals when a newborn is in immediate danger.
Neopenda is currently advancing their prototypes and integrating user feedback from a recent visit to Uganda.
Why we love Neopenda: The company is engineering low-resource, simple, neonatal healthcare solutions for where they’re needed the most. So much to love about this company.
Globally Spotted by: Priti Ambani