Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Portable Light Blanket Helping Africans With Info On HIV And TB

The iTEACH program and Project Masiluleke in South Africa are piloting a project with the Portable Light iTeach Blanket to tap the mobile device as a high-impact, low-cost way to broadcast healthcare information encouraging positive actions such as HIV testing, and connect patients to their care providers.

The project will bring together health care information dissemination via text-messages, clean solar energy with a renewable home lighting and cell phone charging system and a comprehensive home-based MDR TB treatment training program in KwaZulu-Natal.

Local women integrate flexible solar kits into a locally produced African cloth fastened to an emergency blanket, making a detachable solar textile lantern. By day, the patient uses the blanket to stay warm while exposed to the outdoors. Sunlight charges the unit in three hours, creating 6 watt-hours of energy stored in a rechargeable battery. At night, Portable Light powers a cell phone and provides ten hours of bright white light to facilitate the night time home care treatment established by the iTEACH Program.

The next day, the Portable Light blanket is recharged by the patient, who helps to power his or her own treatment, while providing renewable energy and light for family members.

2 Comments:

Joan Swift said...

The portable light project is fantastic! Is there a way people in the US can help with the weaving and/or sewing?

symposio said...

I agree it's a great project. I can't answer your question, perhaps if visit the Portable Light iTeach Blanket link in the post, you can ask there.

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