At the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, ghana, exchange transfusions are performed manually in the mother baby unit (MBU). Currently, these transfusions take multiple hours to perform. Because an automated process is absent, a doctor or nurse must be present throughout the entire transfusion to constantly turn valves and administer or remove blood from syringes.
The goal of this project is to design a low-cost, easy to operate, automated exchange transfusion device to increase the number of available human resources in the MBU, thus providing doctors and nurses with more time to care for other patients.
Understanding the subtle cultural difficulties in the setting of intended use is close to impossible without the full immersion into that setting. Without knowing the true difficulties and how they are managed, other teams who we have had contact with have difficulty meeting the demands of their end users. Other student design teams struggle to fully understand the user requirements and find it hard to achieve them with a completed prototype based off literature before initiating contact with the end user.
What to Know About The Global Health Design Initiative
GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.Learn More →
Since inception, we have worked on projects in maternal health, family planning, minimally invasive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Explore our past and current projects.Learn More →