Interview by Yelena Ganshof van der Meersch.Learn the story behind ‘essential technologies’ and the first fully transparent surgical mask, from our director, Klaus Schonenberger.
Oka Taxi gave more than 200 smiles to Mozambique in the year 2019.
This is a taxi which not only boosts the local economy but also provides free ambulance services to all the pregnant women in the nothern Mozambique.
The aim of the Hello Mask project is to develop a transparent mask that would allow patients to see the faces of their carers and visitors. By establishing less stressful relationships with the people around them in the hospital, young patients’ overall condition could be significantly improved.
Apart from being used in our hospitals, this type of mask could also be used in other parts of the world where there are conflicts or epidemics like the Ebola virus, which needed carers to cover their face and body completely when approaching patients.
Healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries suffer from chronic shortages of medical oxygen, resulting in more than 2 000 children dying every day from pneumonia.
What can we do to make oxygen available for children in rural Africa?
GlobalO2 is moving closer to achieving this goal.
Resulting of a partnership between the International Committee of the Red-Cross (ICRC) and EPFL, the Humanitarian Tech Hub has been designed for humanitarian actors, researchers and other players willing to mobilize cutting edge research to address today’s humanitarian challenges.
EssentialTech Centre is attached to the Vice Presidency for Research of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Its goal is to develop essential technologies that have the potential to reduce poverty and vulnerability. Its approach combines technology development with the elaboration of innovative business models for a sustainable and large-scale impact.MOINS
How Science and Technology can be harnessed to support development and humanitarian action.
52-minute documentary film shot in Cameroon and Switzerland. This film deals with the issues and problems of donating medical equipment.Executive Production: Spicy Motion Production
This film is currently being screened in film festivals.
Inequalities in access to healthcare are widening around the world: today less than 14% of the world’s population consumes more than 80% of medical technology. Like other developing countries, Cameroon deplores its poor access to essential medical equipment. Due to a lack of financial resources, the country then receives many donations of equipment from various countries. However, 70% of the donated equipment is never put into service in sub-Saharan Africa. So what is the future of medical technology in the regions of the world where our equipment is piling up.
A protective suit against Ebola and the epidemics of tomorrow
A consortium that is developping a robust, high-tech, and low-cost X-ray machine, for low income countries.