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Meet Malav Sanghavi, who has invented a low-cost cardboard incubator to save infants

Think Change India
24th Dec 2015
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Malav Sanghavi is an Indian student who is currently pursuing Innovation Design Engineering (IDE), a Master’s dual degree course at the Imperial College London and Royal College of Art. He has developed a low cost prototype of a baby incubator that could help save millions of lives, especially in a developing country like India.


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Malav’s incubator made out of cardboard called a BabyLifeBox is a boon for a country which is ill-equipped at the grass-roots level for neonatal care of premature and underweight infants. “BabyLifeBox is a low-cost baby incubator that provides basic neonatal care at the grassroots level. India has the highest number of babies dying within the first 24 hours of their birth in the world, more than 300,000 a year,” Sanghavi told the PTI (Courtesy: India Today).

Malav conceived the idea when his cousin’s daughter had to be kept alive in an incubator. While she had access to all the facilities, what got him thinking was the rest of the infants who are born in remote villages across India. Malav went on to build a low cost incubator which can help infants stay alive and bring down infant mortality significantly. He is now looking for initial seed funding to expand his team and bring in more experts on board to develop minimal viable prototypes and start clinical trials.

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