The way products and spaces are designed effects infection spread. We should all design for health and recognize the role architectural suitability and cultural rationale play in infection prevention and control, for both public and medical health. Our goal in InnovAsepsis is to use innovation to create pathogen free environments.
The journey of InnovAsepsis started back when the Ebola outbreak was spreading through West Africa. Grace asked herself: “How can I save my mother, an Ophthalmological Clinical Officer working with Entebbe Hospital, from contracting Ebola?” Grace was then a final year architecture student and naturally focused on the design of the Isolation centres. She quickly identified several design issues and decided to investigate the architectural suitability of these Isolation centres as her final year dissertation.
When she shared her vision with the leadership of Department of Architecture at Makerere University, Dr. Birabi recognized the value in it and referred her to Professor William Bazeyo, Dean, School of Public Health. At the Resilient Africa Network (RAN), Prof. Bazeyo asked her to join the HEUCA team, tasked with reimagining the tent for Ebola treatment. Grace found in RAN a place with likeminded people, where to work in solving challenges through human centred designs. RAN gave her a chance to explore her passion and become not an ordinary architect, but an architect who is designing particularly for public and medical health.
RAN was also the place where Grace met Pidson and Molly. Together they developed the first InnovAsepsis product, the PedalTap™ device. The team is very excited to launch PedalTap™ and see its impact on the market. The PedalTap™ device will be the door to their bigger vision: designing for health.