Nurah

Sabhín O'Sullivan
Product Design

College
National College of Art & Design

Contact
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Sabhín O'Sullivan

Nurah

My work is driven by a desire to address social issues. The most exciting thing about being a designer is that we can take steps towards fixing these problems through our work. Over 2 million children die from respiratory-related infections every single year. Children living in low-resource countries often reach extremely advanced stages of the illness before they receive adequate medical attention, reducing their chances of survival. I spent two weeks visiting and working with clinics and hospitals in Uganda to fully research the issue. Nurah is a kit that facilitates the remote monitoring of vital signs of newborn babies in low-resource countries. The kit includes a blanket wrap and a wearable device that records the baby’s heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature and displays them through a colour-coded system. The device connects to a smartphone app so carers can find out more in-depth information about the baby’s health. Nurah can be used at home where it acts as an early warning system for parents. It notifies them when their child begins to show signs of illness and so they can seek treatment in the early stages of the infection. It can also be used in healthcare facilities, reducing nurses’ workload and enabling them to react faster to changes in patients’ health.