A technology adpated to ressource limited settings and gives access to lab diagnostics for common or emerging diseases in full security.

Premier prototype pour tester l'ergonomie

Un premier prototype en bois à permis de tester l'ergnomie de la partie "glovebox".

2015.10.09

Journée de l'innovation HUG

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Lessons learned from the 2014 Ebola Outbreak


The Ebola outbreak in 2014 highlighted certain shortcomings of health systems in developing countries struggling with contagious diseases. One aspect is the required biosecurity for the successful diagnosis of persons infected by a dangerous pathogen.

The lack of biosecurity

Access to biosecurity technology that ensures a secure diagnostic procedure for the caregiver is essential. Such technology is as necessary during an epidemic as in routine and monitoring situations.

Protective Equipment

Lab diagnostic tests require a bio-secure environment which is currently insufficient.

4.8% of the infected people are health professionals.*

*Data: Health worker Ebola infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 21 mai 2015, WHO

Goals

100% Biosecurity
Diagnostics of pathogen agents such as Ebola virus, Marburg or bacteria’s such as tuberculosis
which require 100% biosecurity in all circumstances.

Technolgy adapated to resource limited settings
Adapted to local climates (heat, humidity, dust) as well as to the existing infrastructures in
resource limited settings which must be taken into account for the conception of the lab.

Sustainability
In order to maximize the technologies’ impact, the latter must be adapted to the specificities of
the health systems in resources limited settings. SafeMicroLab has been created to be used both
in times of acute epidemic and in the hospital’s routine. Its cost is adapted to the purchasing
power of the country.

Approach

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Concept

Alliance

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)

Virology Laboratory (Prof. Laurent Kaiser)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérales de Lausanne (EPFL)

EssentialTech, CODEV

"On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to the Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève (HUG) for agreeing to accept Dr Félix Báez, the Cuban doctor recently arrived from Sierra Leone, for treatment for Ebola at your facility. I have no doubt that he received the best care possible from your excellent team of specialists [...]."

Dr Margaret Chan

Director-Genereal,
World Health Organization (WHO)

"Le programme EssentialTech qui a pour but de renforcer les systèmes de soin de la santé primaire au Cameroun, contribuera de manière significative à l'amélioration du plateau technique et de l'offre de soins dans nos formations sanitaires."

André Mama Fouda

Ministre de la santé au Cameroun

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Project Manager

Nicolas Uffer

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