Student Device Receives $250,000 “Saving Lives at Birth” Prize

July 23, 2012

This conceptual image illustrates how the HemoGlobe device would connect with a health worker’s cellphone.

Could a low-cost screening device connected to a cellphone save thousands of women and children from anemia-related deaths and disabilities?

That’s the goal of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering undergraduates who say they’ve developed a noninvasive way to identify women with this dangerous blood disorder in developing nations. The device is designed to convert the existing cellphone lines of health workers into a “prick-free” system for detecting and reporting anemia at the community level.

The students’ project, HemoGlobe, recently received a boost when it was awarded a $250,000 seed grant in the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development competition. The event, which attracted more than 500 entrants from 60 countries, was sponsored by prominent global health organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Only 12 entrants were awarded seed grants. More > 

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