Young Innovators

WISH 2015

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Pumani bCPAP

The Pumani bCPAP is a low-cost respiratory support device used in the treatment of respiratory illness in infants and young children. The Pumani provides a steady stream of pressurized air into the patient’s lungs to prevent lung collapse and to improve oxygenation. The Pumani has been proven to provide the same level of therapeutic pressure as other commercial bCPAPs. A clinical study of the Pumani in a neonatal ward in Malawi showed that the device improved survival rates by 27 per cent. Over 100 Pumanis have been distributed in tertiary and secondary level hospitals in Malawi, Indonesia, Pakistan and Haiti, and additional units will be distributed in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa in 2015.

Mother's Delivery Kit

Mother's Delivery Kit contains sterile products a woman needs during childbirth to avoid potentially fatal neonatal complications, such as tetanus due to a lack of clean blades, and sepsis caused by delivering children in unsanitary conditions.

The kit is aimed at the 54 million women of childbearing age who live in rural communities across Nigeria and other African countries. Mother's Delivery Kit is currently in use at teaching hospitals, traditional birth attendants’ homes, primary healthcare centers and private hospitals within Africa.

In the last year, they have made their products available to over 9,000 women and economically empowered 79 women who act as their agents in rural communities. They also have a 'doctor-to-you' service, which allows women to speak to a doctor in their own local language or request for a doctor when in need.


Braci is a product and platform which is able to detect a wide range of sounds in the environment, and deliver a notification about that sound to any medium the user has specified, for example in the form of a message on a screen. Braci can be used to alert deaf individuals or those who are hard of hearing in emergency situations, such as a fire alarm going off, and also inform them about other significant sounds, such as the doorbell ringing or a baby crying. The app uses the phone's microphone to recognize emergency sounds and then alerts the user in a variety of ways (vibration; flashlight; image of the sound detected on screen). Braci is currently in use within deaf centers and schools, care homes and universities within UK and it will soon be in use in Qatar.


Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company that, using an innovative health system model, delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the poor.

Possible's Durable Healthcare Model is formed around a public-private partnership, which enables a nonprofit healthcare company to be paid by the government to deliver healthcare within their infrastructure. It combines private sector quality, public sector access and philanthropic innovation, and ties core financing to performance.

The Durable Healthcare Model delivers healthcare to Nepal’s poorest patients through a hub and spoke model built within the government’s existing hospitals, clinics and community health worker network. Since 2008, they have treated over 222,000 patients in Nepal at under $4 per capita.

How Was Your Visit?

Data collected from patients can help hospitals improve services. In order to do this in real time, ‘How Was Your Visit?’ was developed. It is a short patient experience survey, designed to be carried out on tablets inside hospitals. The app was developed with Imperial College London, and the pilot took place at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), the only cancer hospital in the State of Qatar.  It is currently in use in ambulatory areas within the NCCCR and will be rolled out to inpatient areas in the near future.

The app is very easy to use and implement and has the potential to be developed in any language. ‘How Was Your Visit?’ has already resulted in a number of interventions, for example, female only waiting areas, increased assistance at the reception for patients and improved environments in day care.