The 2021 ABEC Design School was digitally held in the second week of November on Zoom. During the school, organized by the Malawi University of Science and Technology, students, mentors, and keynote speakers from different African and European countries worked together on the design, classification, and implementation of medical devices.
Students were organized into 9 different groups working on devices focusing on Combating non-comunicable diseases in low and middle-income countries through advanced research and innovation:
- Real-time Radiation Exposure Badge
- Phototeraphy with bilirubin monitoring
- Biomedical Devices Management
- Insulin Storage System with UVC Disinfection Unit
- UV radiation Lightening
- Prototype Scalp Cooling Cap For reducing chemotherapy – induced hair loss in cancer patients
- Body fat monitoring belt
- Diabetes risk tracer
- Nurse Jane
UBORA was thoroughly used as a co-design tool. After the mentor evaluation, three projects were awarded as the best ranked. At the third place, Group 6 presented a device to manage a side effect of chemotherapy such as hair loss.
Group 3, ranked at second place, presented software for the management of the medical equipment in hospitals.
At the first place, group 4 presented a device for the storage and sterilization of insulin.
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