Accelerating the Future...
- CATEGORY WINNER : Human Development
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: http://www.innaumation.com/
poor people lost voice after throat cancery surgery because they can't afford $1000 replacement prosthetic voice boxes
ultra low cost voice prosthesis
AUM, the $1 ultra low-cost voice prosthesis
Dr. Vishal Rao works at HCG oncology in India catering to patients suffering from throat cancer, a majority of them poor, earning less than $2 a day. He found it distressing to see stage 4 cancer patients daunted by the prohibitive cost of up to $1,000 to restore their speech with replacement prosthetic voice boxes. In 2015, Dr. Rao invented AUM, the $1 ultra low-cost voice prosthesis device. (a) AUM is a one-size-fits-all design which simplifies manufacturing; (b) It comes with a curved knife that helps the puncturing of windpipe and food pipe with relative ease using a fisheye technique; (c) Shishruth is an extremely inexpensive handheld wooden devise that helps to insert the prosthesis into the throat in less than two minutes; and (d) a training module to support clinicians and physicians to support the procedure and maintaining the prosthesis.