Through a GPA grant of $5000 in November 2017 the Pregmum team created a fetal heart and maternal blood pressure monitor that can continuously monitor the heart rate of pregnant women in remote areas of Kenya. The device communicates medical information to a community health worker or doctor who is able to remotely assess if additional medical intervention is necessary. This device has the potential to significantly improve maternal/fetal heath and improve infant mortality rates.
Through a GPA grant of $5000 in November 2017 Arinufu developed a “smart brooder” –this is a device monitors the temperature of a newborn chicks’ environment and reports any variance via an app to the farmer. This ensures optimal temperature for survival, increasing profits for poultry farmers. The organization notes that there are 1.6 million poultry farmers in Kenya and the mortality rate for chicks can be as high as 99% The smart brooder is a smart solution.
Micriv utilized GPA funds in the amount of $5000 in November 2017 to perfect 3D printing of maxillofacial structures that physicians use when planning complicated surgeries. This technology allows the surgeon to practice the surgery prior to entering the operating room resulting in less time in surgery and a faster recovery time for the patient. A shorter recovery time is vital for patients who live paycheck to paycheck as they can return to work sooner. The project will expand to neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery soon.
Through a GPA grant of $5000 in November 2017 EsVendo developed a sanitary pad dispenser to provide much-needed supplies to women and girls in the Nairobi area. These vending machines distribute pads individually so that they may be purchased as needed, not in bulk as they are commonly sold. The supplies are more economical for the women and allows them to attend work and school regularly. In the past, they were unable to leave their homes at during their cycles. Additionally, the machines collect user data which may be monetized to other organizations to sustain the project. Their goal is to increase access and affordability in 50 new location in the market area based on user data.