Diarrhea is still one of the major causes of death for children under five in developing countries; Limited access to laboratory testing often forces practitioners to prescribe ''broad spectrum'' antibiotics which in turn contributes to antibiotic resistance.
Our challenge was to get the test materials needed to provide a proper test results, transported so that social workers can reach into the most remote communities; a backpack design offered the most versatility.
The current concept is composed of a series of cylindrical insulated containers made from anodized aluminum tube that can be transported in a variety of ways, these containers hold phase changing material (PCM) packs that can heat or cool necessary equipment respectively and are hermetically closed with a battery powered plastic lid that measures and displays essential information for the person performing the test, this in turn ensuring fast and accurate results without the need for electric power.
AyatPak can be manufactured, repaired and recycled locally while its construction allows for easy sanitation. The full kit contains necessary equipment to perform an antibiogram test for six patients along with printable data sheets with essential identification labels designed to reduce human error and to help practitioners along the process. An inspection light embedded in the lid maximizes test accuracy by helping the user to identify distinct bacterial colonies when analyzing the samples.
Materials: Anodized Aluminum, Cork, PCM, Stainless Steel, Nylon, ABS Filament, various fabrics and laboratory utensils.
This project was the result of a collaboration with the PART Engineering team at BCIT led by Nancy Paris.
The project is ongoing and is currently looking for funding to conduct field testing and deploy a pilot campaign in rural India.
Design Team at The health Design Lab in Emily Carr University:
Jhonathan Aitken- Advisor
Pablo Quintero- Product and interaction design + fabrication
Hailey Kolenda- Graphic and interaction design