The research which started off two (2) years ago is aimed at developing cost-effective ways of pathology detection in newborns especially in low resource settings. The system they have developed, identifies babies born with asphyxia by comparing the patterns in the cry they produce to those of known asphyxiating infants.
In many developing countries, infant mortality rate remains very high due to the deficiency of resources - qualified personnel, facility and equipment. Fisher Foundation proposes a frugal innovation that would not only reduce greatly the cost of diagnosing newborns with asphyxia, but will also enable swift detection of the ailment.
According to the Team Lead, Charles, "Tech4Dev will enable us showcase our technology to the world, create valuable networks, while also gaining useful feedback from experienced researchers and industry professionals around the world."