Engineering students from Johns Hopkins University won this year’s Be the Change: Save a Life Maternal Health Challenge organized by ABC News, the Lemelson Foundation and the Duke Global Health Institute. They worked with Jhpiego, a non-profit associated with Johns Hopkins, to develop a cheap and easy to use screening system that includes protein, glucose, ketones, leukocytes, nitrites, bilirubin, and hemoglobin tests. Using the new system, the overall cost per test can be as low as half a penny.
The Hopkins team from the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) won the network’s Maternal Health Challenge with their Antenatal Screening Kit, an inexpensive, easy-to-use prototype of a marker that would enable women in the developing world to self-test for a series of preventable but potentially fatal conditions and illnesses. The self-test could be used at home or in the community and help advance detection of problems in women who don’t have access to the more customary, laboratory tests for prenatal care. The JHU team’s 5-minute video beat out more than 65 video entries submitted by students from around the world.
Here’s the winning video: