Tell us about your partnerships
EMW and Vietnamese manufacturer Medical Technology Transfer and Services, launched a collaboration with Design that Matters (DtM) to develop the new infant care device, Firefly. DtM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that creates new products that allow social enterprises in developing countries to offer improved services and scale more quickly. Collaborative partnerships will enable EMW to rapidly expand our services to more communities in Asia and improve access to low-cost healthcare solutions, impacting infant mortality in developing regions.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We are targeting district-level clinics in Vietnam because of the lack of adequate staffing and reliable electrical supply to treat patients. Newborns with complications are referred to larger hospitals because of the lack of resources. This results in overcrowding and higher mortality rates. Firefly is a less expensive incubator that works in local hospitals. This design utilizes local supply of parts and the local knowledge of automobile repair. Firefly is a simpler tool that will improve local clinics’ ability to effectively treat patients and reduce the number of referrals.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
East Meets West values partnerships with clinicians and medical professionals in local hospitals in Vietnam. Our experienced field staff work closely with doctors and nurses to provide appropriate training and gather feedback from these practitioners. The development of the Firefly itself was the result of extensive testing and evaluation of the device with close involvement of the medical staff at the National OBGYN Hospital in Hanoi. It is the close collaboration with local medical staff that make the Firefly an innovation that is successful and sustainable.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
EMW is looking for opportunities for funding and marketing to share the work of the Firefly project. We are constantly exploring partnership opportunities.