National Geographic : 2010 Nov
Infant Warmer Around 19 million low-birth- weight babies are born every year in developing countries. Unable to regulate their body temperatures, many die. The Embrace helps to warm vulnerable infants (a special pouch slips into the back of the bag to provide hours of safe heat) while allowing for nursing and cuddling. Developed by Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Naganand Murty, Rahul Panicker Website embraceglobal.org Launch country India Water Container In impoverished rural areas, clean water is often miles away from the people who need it, leaving them susceptible to waterborne diseases. The sturdy Q Drum holds 13 gallons in a rolling container that eases the burden of transporting safe, potable water---a task that falls mostly to women and children. Developed by P. J. and J. P. S. Hendrikse Website qdrum.co.za Launch country South Africa Asthma Device Young asthmatics often can't coordinate breathing with the aerosol puff dispensed by inhalers. The folded-paper Respira "spacer" traps medication around the mouth so that it can be inhaled. Conventional spacers can run $20 or more---a prohibitive cost in the developing world, where asthma rates are rising. Respira costs about a dollar. Developed by Eric Green, Santiago Ocejo, Barry Wohl Website respiradesign.org Launch country Mexico Purifying Straw Some 900 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Sipping through the LifeStraw filters surface water on-site, reducing the transmission of bacteria and viruses. Thousands of ten-inch LifeStraws were donated to Haiti after this year's earthquake. Each fil- ters about 160 gallons; a new, shorter model, nearly 265. Developed by Vestergaard Frandsen Website lifestraw.com Launch country Kenya PHOTOS: REBECCA HALE, NGM STAFF WARMER ; MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF INHALER ; RENEE COMET LIFESTRAW, Q DRUM SOME OF THE OBJECTS ON THESE PAGES ARE COURTESY OF THE EXHIBIT "DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%" BY THE SMITHSONIAN COOPER HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM.