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Necessity is mother of invention, everyone knows it but Malav Sanghavi, studying for his Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) Master’s dual degree course at Imperial College London and Royal College of Art, has the blue blood in his veins who gave life to this say in this high time of need. Due to this invention, he also won third prize for his BabyLifeBox in a start-up competition held at St James’ Palace in London.
This is a great news for India and for millions who are deprived of basic grassroots-level infrastructure and facilities for neonatal care of premature and underweight infants as Malav has developed a low-cost cardboard baby incubator that could help save millions of lives.
For those who are new to the word Incubation, Incubation is the process of keeping something at the right temperature and under the right conditions so it can develop.
“BabyLifeBox is a low-cost baby incubator that provides basic neonatal care at grassroots-level. India has highest number of babies dying within the first 24 hours of their birth in the world, more than 300,000 a year,” Sanghavi said.
“According to our initial research, we found that India’s healthcare service has facilities to deal with a standard birth at sub-centres, primary health centres and community health centres but it lacks infrastructure for neonatal care of premature and underweight infants,” explained Sanghavi, a graduate from the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad.
The idea for the innovation took birth in his mind when his cousin’s daughter had to be kept alive in an incubator a few years. It’s sad that before him, no one realized the importance of such very basic facilities devoid of which so many children have to die inoffensively.
According to imperial
Life saving innovation
Imperial saw a success during the evening, with current student Malav Sanghavi taking home third prize for BabyLifebox – a low-cost baby incubator, intended for use in the developing world, that provides the basic functions necessary for a child’s survival in their first days of life.
Made from cardboard, the bottom part of the incubator can be given to the parent of the child after birth as a make-shift cot.
“300 million children die every year, just in their first week of life. BabyLifebox provides basic facilities – like warmth, monitoring and a germ free environment – to provide essential neonatal care at a grassroots level in places where these facilities might otherwise not be available.”
“Pitching in front of so many important people at St James’s Palace was nerve-racking, but I was confident in my idea, and I’m really happy that the audience recognised its promise. This has given the whole team the boost we need to move forward – we’re now looking for investment to help develop viable prototypes of BabyLifeBox for testing and clinical trials.”
Prior to [email protected], Malav received a £500 grant from Imperial College Advance Hackspace to help him develop the prototype of his product.
“Having access to the facilities, expertise, and funding at Imperial has been hugely helpful in the development of Lifebox. As students, this kind of support is invaluable”, he said.
[email protected] is an initiative which aims to support entrepreneurs by connecting them with potential supporters and investors. The two Imperial teams battled it out Dragons’ Den style for the top spots against 13 other startups at St James’s Palace yesterday, pitching their ideas in front of an audience of industry experts, CEOs, and investors.
The Duke of York said: “[email protected] continues to evolve and grow. The number of brilliant ideas out there is remarkable. It shows the UK is a very vibrant ecosystem for encouraging people to consider enterprise and starting their own businesses solving some of the world’s most difficult issues, both technologically and socially.”
The Logical Indian Community feels very proud for the budding innovator and requests every one to share this far and wide, so that the children don’t die due to lack of very basic facilities which is there basic right.