Saturday, May 17, 2014

Out of Africa

We are continuing our discourse with the Ministers of Health in the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa through the ongoing projects of the World Bank.  These ladies and gentlemen are on the front lines in the fight against infant mortality.  They are working to improve the health of mothers and infants in their countries by investing in their health care systems.  To date, we have corresponded with Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Togo, and Uganda.  The newest citizens of these countries, who struggle to enter the world, will benefit from life-enhancing qualities of the Tikü.

Many regions in these nations have epidemics of malaria, dengue, and/or leishmaniasis.  Funding is allocated to treat these debilitating and often fatal diseases. Since the Tikü has ports fitted with insect mesh, exposure of the infant to the mosquitoes and sand fleas that carry these illnesses is limited, even in outdoor locations or in structures open to the environment.  For patients in these areas with endemic vector-borne diseases, the Tikü offers another life-enhancing feature, reduction of fever.  The incubator functions with water; hence, cool water for reducing body temperature may be used instead of warm water for elevating body temperature.  The mattress will accommodate a toddler up to 74 cm tall.

It is good to be able to offer the end users of the Tikü features of great use to them that are not available in conventional, commercial incubators.  We are working to develop accessories that will broaden the capabilities of the incubator and extend its benefits to children and adults.

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