About 1 in 4 people in Swaziland are infected with HIV, so preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) is an essential strategy in reducing the country’s burden of HIV/AIDS. To achieve this however, pediatricians working in Swaziland and other low income settings underscored the need for a simple tool to enhance the dosing accuracy of liquid antiretroviral (ARV) regimens.

In response, undergraduates at [Rice 360º](http://www.rice360.rice.edu/), the prolific Institute for Global Health Technologies at Rice University, developed the [DoseRight™ Syringe Clip](http://cohesion.rice.edu/collaborations/btb/emplibrary/DoseRight%20Syringe%20Clip.pdf). These color-coded, low-cost clips are inserted into an oral dosing syringe, limiting the amount of liquid that is dispensed and dramatically increasing the likelihood of accurate dosing. Using DoseRight™, mothers can effectively administer ARVs to themselves and their children.

We’ve featured some of Rice 360º’s global health technologies in our Innovation Index, including the [salad spinner centrifuge](http://maternova.net/health-innovations/salad-spinner-centrifuge-anemia) and the [OB/GYN Lab-in-a-Backpack](http://maternova.net/health-innovations/obgyn-lab-backpack). However, what distinguishes the DoseRight™ clip is the way this technology was so rapidly deployed at the national level. In August, Swaziland’s Ministry of Health began distributing more than 200,000 dosing clips as part of its PMTCT Program.

This is the largest rollout yet of a global health technology developed by Rice 360º’s undergraduate students, who were also instrumental in securing DoseRight™’s [nationwide dissemination](http://cohesion.rice.edu/collaborations/btb/emplibrary/CGI_Poster_Final.pdf). Rice students worked for two years to build an alliance among the Swazi Ministry of Health, the [Clinton Health Access Initiative](http://www.clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-health-access-initiative), and [3rd Stone Design](http://doseright.com/index.html), which has facilitated the distribution, funding and manufacturing of the dosing clips.

So many technologies stop at the student design stage despite extensive research and good links with a facility or Ministry in a low-income country. This is a terrific example of a full rollout that occurred quickly. Watch an [instructional video](http://doseright.com/3.html) or a video showcasing the clips on Rice 360º’s [website](http://www.rice360.rice.edu/content.aspx?id=826)!
In April, former President [Bill Clinton](http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=15599&SnID=16780591) honored Rice students for their innovation in developing the clips and their dedication in achieving its swift uptake at the national level.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in The Maternova Blog

DreamWarming, infant warming mattress, infant transport mattress, infant hypothermia solution
An innovation in the warm chain: The DreamWarmer

June 24, 2024 2 min read

The warming mattress (made up of strips of phase change material) can stay warm for 6 or more hours.  It is a flexible mattress that can be used in conjunction with skin to skin contact or with Kangaroo Mother Care.
Read More
antenatal corticosteroids expert advice from FIGO
Antenatal corticosteroids: FIGO states they should not be given “just in case”

June 06, 2024 2 min read

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the administration of antenatal corticosteroids is recommended in women with a pregnancy between 24 and 34 weeks who are at risk of preterm birth within the next seven days.
Read More
What's new in menstrual health management: an interview with the Founder of Asan
What's new in menstrual health management: an interview with the Founder of Asan

April 28, 2024 2 min read

The Asan cup is a patented menstrual cup with a unique removal ring, which makes it the easiest cup to insert and take out. The bell-shaped design ensures that the cup sits comfortably, and the red colour of the cup prevents it from staining over time. 
Read More