This Mother’s Day, we invite you to support the Day One Project and our African engineering education partner efforts to address the needs of their local health systems to prepare for and respond to COVID-19 cases.
The birth of a baby should be one of the happiest days of a mother's life, but in many communities around the world, it can be dangerous and frightening. More than one million newborns die in Africa every year, most from preventable causes. While Rice 360⁰ and its partners are developing and distributing a bundle of high-quality products and services for newborn care in African hospitals, the COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges to ensuring that moms and newborns are safe before, during and after birth.
Leveraging co-created engineering design studios on their campuses, our African innovation engineering partners—Malawi Polytechnic, Malawi University of Science and Technology and Dar es Salaam Institute for Technology—are in the unique position to develop affordable, rugged, and effective technologies to help treat COVID-19 patients and keep families and healthcare workers protected against the virus at hospitals in their countries. With your support, they will use locally-available and open-source materials to prototype and manufacture personal protective equipment, life-saving equipment, sterilization devices, and more.
With your past support, the Day One Project has already saved babies' lives.
Baby Chisomo is alive today because of a CPAP unit developed by Rice 360°. Babies across the world now have access to the Pumani CPAP.
The new neonatal ward is open at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital! Plans to improve infant care across Malawi are in place.