Saving Lives with Medicine Pouch
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 636 , Segment 3
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- Sep 11, 2017 11:00 pm
- 11:19 mins
Guest: Robert Malkin, PhD, Professor of the Practices of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health, Duke University More than one million children in the world have HIV. Many of them got it from their mothers at birth. Transmission of the virus from mother to child can be prevented if the baby receives HIV drugs soon after being born. But many babies in the developing world are born at home and either don’t get the medicine or receive it too late. That’s why Duke University Professor Robert Malkin and his engineering students invented the Pratt Pouch—it’s like a ketchup packet of antiretroviral drugs that can last up to a year and doesn’t need any refrigeration. The mother just tears it open and squeezes the medicine into her baby’s mouth after birth.