Project Lead(s): Israel Amirav
This project will optimize and test the “Multimometer,” a new tool in the fight against childhood pneumonia, an illness that killed 900,000 children under the age of 5 in 2015. This optimization will include improving the device ergonomics to enable ease-of-use in the field.
Building on the success of a forerunner, the Respimometer — a thermometer-shaped device that can measure both respiratory rate and temperature — the Multimometer will also measure oxygen saturation and heart rate. Measuring these four parameters in a single, simple-to-use device will greatly enhance diagnostic accuracy and clinical decisions in regard to treatment with antibiotics and/or oxygen.
Acute respiratory infections are a leading cause of child mortality in low-resource countries. Early diagnosis and treatment of infections by community health workers could significantly reduce this toll but, without equipment and knowhow to conduct radiology and blood tests, counting breaths is the only available way to measure the respiratory rate and diagnose pneumonia.
By creating a tool to measure not just respiratory rate but heart rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature, the project could enhance the ability of community health workers to accurately recognize and treat severe respiratory diseases and reduce mortality.