Impact of CentriCycle
Sometimes, we take for granted our ability to go to the hospital to be diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, for many people in the developing world, healthcare is a luxury. Over 300 million people lack access to healthcare, live in rural areas, and are afflicted by diseases that can be diagnosed with our centrifuge. Healthcare access is often limited to a small mobile clinic that travels to villages once a month, equipped only with a stethoscope. If a real problem is suspected, a blood sample must be collected, returned to the main lab over 30 km away, analyzed, and finally the results are returned to the village in the hopes of reaching the patient in time. Often, deaths attributed to diseases such as anemia, diabetes, and hepatitis could have been prevented had proper diagnostic capabilities been available.
When someone dies it is a tragedy, but when someone dies from a treatable, preventable cause, it is an injustice. Together we can prevent this injustice and bring healthcare to rural India.
Our solution is to expand the capability of an already existing system so that technicians who travel out to these rural villages can provide an on-the-spot diagnosis and thereby treat their patients more quickly and effectively. We will do this by providing a sustainable, portable medical technology that runs without electricity. This will transform diagnostic capability from a stationary luxury to a mobile, versatile tool. We have already developed contacts with local NGOs, such as the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), in an effort to introduce our product to rural clinics. As we continue to develop and refine our product, we will add necessary components such as test strips and health education materials to our deliverable in order to supply a comprehensive, diagnostic package for local public health workers to utilize.
We believe healthcare should not be stationary, it should not rely on electricity, and it should be able to reach those people who need it: India's rural population.