Updated Jun 08, 2020

Bubble Box - increasing access to a Low Cost Bubble CPAP device for neonates with respiratory distress in Nigeria

https://unleash.org/solutions/bubble-box/

Yusuf Shittu

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Bubble Box is an ultra low-cost oxygen delivery kit containing all that is needed to safely implement an efficient and easy to use Bubble CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device in low resources settings in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Bubble Box is a kit containing components to set up a low cost version of the Bubble CPAP - a safe and reliable device that reduces the need for mechanical ventilation, and therefore the need for transfer to higher care facilities. The Bubble Box costs approximately 1/150 of the price of CPAP devices in the developing world. The kit contains a durable bottle, marked with appropriate measure...
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The Bubble Box is a kit containing components to set up a low cost version of the Bubble CPAP - a safe and reliable device that reduces the need for mechanical ventilation, and therefore the need for transfer to higher care facilities. The Bubble Box costs approximately 1/150 of the price of CPAP devices in the developing world. The kit contains a durable bottle, marked with appropriate measurements, specialised single limb, open loop medical tubing and adjustable neonatal nasal prongs. These three components can be combined with any existing oxygen supply to provide appropriate respiratory support to a newborn suffering from neonatal asphyxia. In babies with respiratory distress, oxygen is delivered to the baby from the oxygen source, baby inhales and then exhales into the water column in the Bubble CPAP bottle, generating pressure which keeps the lungs open thereby reducing the work of breathing. Suitable for use by medical professionals across the globe, a user can set up the device in 5 minutes. In addition to the materials in the kit, a training and support program is provided to the user. The combination of an ultra-low cost device that does not require electricity and the appropriate support for the healthcare professional users provides an accessible, sustainable solution to address neonatal mortality in Nigerian healthcare centres.
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Stage 2: Research & Development

The idea for the BubbleBox was the outcome of teamwork at UNLEASH 2019 – a Global Innovation Lab held in Shenzhen, China in November 2019 aimed at accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following this, the Bubble Box team have begun the initial Research and Development phase and are actively seeking grants and financial support to pilot the idea.

Focus Areas:

Health Systems and Maternal Newborn and Child Health

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Nigeria

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Problem

In Nigeria, over 90,000 babies die from neonatal asphyxia every year. These deaths can be prevented through early intervention by healthcare professionals using a Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device (B-CPAP) which provide effective treatment for newborns with respiratory distress. However, with a commercial cost of up to $2000 USD, it is inaccessible to the majority of primary and secondary healthcare centres.

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Solution

Bubble Box is a kit that contains an ultra-low cost version of the Bubble CPAP device that does not require electricity to operate. It is easily portable, requires less than 5 minutes set up time and is compatible with any oxygen outlet available in the market. It comes with a training and support programme to ensure safe implementation and use by healthcare workers at all levels of healthcare.

Target Beneficiaries

Direct Beneficiaries would be newborns with respiratory distress and their caregivers Indirect Beneficiaries would be hospitals and healthcare centres who would now be able to provide life saving treatment at an affordable cost.

Mission and Vision

Bubble Box addresses the Subtheme of Access to Medicine and healthcare in SDG3– Good Health and Wellbeing. Targeting neonates, the solution specifically targets SDG 3.2 ending preventable deaths of children under 5. Metrics to measure the impact of this solution include tracking the neonatal mortality rate in Nigeria – currently sitting at 4.5%, the second highest in the world. SDG goals aim to reduce this rate to 1.2% by 2030 – a goal which Bubble Box has potential to provide significant impact

Competitive Advantage

Commercially available products currently available in the market do not address the need for a low technology solution that functions without supporting infrastructure. In addition, the extremely high cost of commercially available devices – up to $2000 USD, makes them inaccessible to Nigerian healthcare centres. The Bubble Box provides an safe, affordable, efficient and user-friendly device that does not utilise electricity. It also seeks the build the capacity of healthcare professionals to safely implement the device at lower levels of care. Other competitors are the Pumani which is a lower cost version of the B-CPAP that has been developed specifically for low resource settings by RICE University and is currently being commercialised by Hadleigh Health Technologies. While the device provides a strong financial improvement on other commercial devices, it requires a reliable source of electricity to operate.

Planned Goals and Milestones

A pilot program in 1 tertiary and 1 secondary level healthcare centre in Lagos, Nigeria is envisioned as the first stage of implementation for the Bubble Box after Research and Development of a prototype. Following this, the team will move to iterate on both the design of the device and the support system platform before scaling to five hospitals within the region. Given further user feedback, the team will aim to scale throughout other districts in Nigeria.
Funding Goal150,000
New Implemented CountriesNigeria
Recruit5 Management, 5 Advisory, 100 Interns/Volunteers

Milestone

Nov 2019
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
 
as part of
 UNLEASH
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria

Supporting Materials

Bubble-Box-Proposal-orientation-null.pdf