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India’s Breath of Hope Volunteers Designed 7 Medical Devices for COVID-19 Patients. Among the devices they developed are a portable intubation chamber, testing equipment, and protective face shields.

Breath of Hope started as a discussion I had with my friend and IEEE Member Dr. Praveen Pai, [of the Kerala State AIDS Control Society] on what we could do to fight COVID-19,” Narayanan says. 

 

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Dr.T.M.Thomas Issac, Kerala Finance Minister announce the launch of ‘TRACE’ by Breath of Hope

Breathe of Hope, a team of engineers, doctors and other experts in Alappuzha has launched a vehicle called ‘Trace’ (Test and Response Automobile for Covid-19 Emergency) in Alappuzha. Minister G Sudhakaran handed over the vehicle to the DMO yesterday.

The most striking thing about this is that it was built as open source. There is no barrier to re-use of technology used anywhere in the world and to build such vehicles.


Asian News International

Mobile COVID-19 testing vehicle launched in Alappuzha

The Point of care sample collection was the solution. I an attempt to make a mobile sample collection unit with all the required infection control measures, a team was constituted of some open-source engineers (electrical/ chemical/ mechanical) doctors, and other experts, termed — ‘Breath of Hope‘ .

 

 

The World Economic Forum

How coronavirus sparked a wave of innovation in India

Another example is that of the Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM), a government-supported entrepreneurship development agency. It launched initiatives such as “Breath of Hope” which brings together an interdisciplinary volunteer team of IT professionals, biomedical engineers and doctors to develop innovative medical devices.

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SCTIMST TIMED announces its successful production of face shields


Dr.Praveen Pai supported through Nidhi Prayas, DST,GOI through TIMed has successfully produced a face shield named as “Shield Of Hope“. This easy to use and reusable shields are ideal for Police, Health Workers, Frontline Workers and People Representatives. The face shields has been deployed for trials. The same has been used by Air India Crew for their protection during the arrival of NRIs amidst the Covid19 Crisis.


Channel News Asia

Commentary: COVID-19 is sparking a new wave of tech innovation in India

India has a wealth of engineering talent with ‘jugaad’ – a frugal mindset of solving problems with limited resources, says an observer. India needs to sustain and enhance this entrepreneurial mindset to create the next wave of innovation that will not only continue the fight against COVID-19, but also boost socio-economic recovery once lock-down restrictions begin to ease. Initiatives such as “Breath of Hope” brings together an interdisciplinary volunteer team of IT professionals, biomedical engineers and doctors to develop innovative medical devices.

 
 

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Kerala Finance Minister Dr.T.M Thomas Issac applauds ‘shield of hope’ in his Facebook page

Volunteers who served during floods of 2018 and 2019 were on the frontline in the crisis time of Corona as well with ideas of their own. The innovative concept is a low-cost face shield. The ow cost face shield is innovated by Dr. Praveen G Pai and the project is named ‘Shield of Hope’

The Conversation

India: how coronavirus sparked a wave of innovation

Entrepreneurs and innovators across India have responded quickly to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A host of new innovations, some emerging from start-ups that have been incubated by universities, have appeared in recent weeks. Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM), a government-supported entrepreneurship development agency. It launched initiatives such as “Breath of Hope” which brings together an interdisciplinary volunteer team of IT professionals, biomedical engineers and doctors to develop innovative medical devices.

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Indian startups are fighting Covid-19 with innovation

Around the world, social distancing and contact tracing have been the buzzwords of the response to Covid-19. A particular problem as lockdowns begin to ease will be how to stop the virus spreading in public spaces such as airports or bus stations. Another example is that of the Kerala Start-up Mission, a government-supported entrepreneurship development agency. It launched initiatives such as “Breath of Hope” which brings together an interdisciplinary volunteer team of IT professionals, biomedical engineers and doctors to develop innovative medical devices.

The New Indian Express

Prototype of respiratory assistance device ready, await ICMR nod

Responding to the increase in demand for ventilators across the country in view of Covid-19, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) has developed an affordable respiratory assistance device (RAD), which has attracted a funding of `20 lakh from a global investment group. KSUM developed five prototypes of RAD under the project ‘Breath of Hope’, which is a collaborative effort of the health department, various startup companies and super fab labs, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Times of India

Indian jugaad to help patients breathe

Thomas and his team, working in collaboration with MIT and ‘Breath of Hope’ (a volunteer group including social workers, engineers and doctors), hopes to have 10 test units ready by April 6 and are aiming for large scale manufacturing in the following week.

 

Times of India

Ventilators to masks : Techies join hands in Kerala for ‘breath of hope’

A group of volunteers that include IT professionals, biomedical engineers and doctors spread across Kerala are trying to find small but crucial tech solutions that they believe could be a breath of hope as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. With Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) lending a helping hand by providing raw material and opening a facility at Super Fablab Kochi, the group’s ideas are taking wing.

The most striking thing about this is that it was built as open source. There is no barrier to re-use of technology used anywhere in the world and to build such vehicles.