After weeks of researching an preparing, the Covid19 wave has hit the United States. We had China, then Italy, then Spain bearing the initial impact of the wave of Covid19, but their warnings were either disbelieved or willfully ignored. We had time for our government to prepare but we didn't have the political will or attention to listen to the virologists, epidemiologists and public health specialists who forecasted what we'd need.
In this short blog we will share key resources for others to use to track the pandemic. First and foremost, this incredible resource includes Covid19 information in a wide range of languages. The Covid Health Literacy Project translates basic and vital information into 37 languages.
Many have already found and rely upon the Johns Hopkins dashboardshowing the number of Covid19 cases across the world on a heat map, but also breaking down the number diagnosed, number dead and number recovered by country (and in some cases by city). The dashboard also tracks number of new cases, log scale and number of cumulative cases in easy to read graphs.
We will continue to aggregate resources on Covid-19 with our next post covering the remarkable state of affairs in Covid-19 testing, PPE and ventilators and the unprecedented global effort to use FabLabs and MakerSpaces to fill the gap in critical equipment to fight the pandemic.
Now as a next step, we ask what could be done to lower the costs of the implementation of the E-MOTIVE bundle? The most obvious answer is to consider displacing the tens of thousands of disposable plastic drapes with a purpose-built reusable device.
Fortunately one of the obstetricians involved in the E-MOTIVE study, Dr. Justus Hofmeyr, had been innovating around this very issue, designing a tray with wells that could fit under a woman’s buttocks, collect and accurately measure the. blood. This tray, theMaternaWellTraywas conceived as a device that could be sterilized and reused, and is manufactured in South Africa by Umoya.
The Pumani bubbleCPAP was designed to meet this need for Malawi and is now widely available through Maternova. We had a few questions about post-research phases of the Pumani bubbleCPAP which we posed to Jocelyn Brown, inventor of the Pumani bubbleCPAP, and Molly McCabe, Director of Product Management.