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Indian engineer wins Innovation for Sustainable Development Award

An Indian engineer named Nitesh Kumar Jangir won 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in London, United Kingdom (UK).
Indian engineer wins Innovation for Sustainable Development Award

Details:

  • He won the award in People category, for creating a low-cost breathing support device called 'Saans' for premature babies.
  • The award was presented by Prince Harry (Duke of Sussex), Youth Ambassador of Commonwealth and Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General.
  • The inaugural Commonwealth Innovation Awards were conferred upon 15 innovators from 53 member-countries of Commonwealth.
  • Each of 15 winners received a trophy, certificate and prize money worth 2,000 pounds.

About Nitesh Kumar Jangir:

  • He is a Bangalore-based electronics engineer and is co-founder of Coeo Labs, a medical device company which holds a vision of preventing preventable deaths in the field of emergency and critical care.
  • Thus, he created 'Saans' as a breathing support device to tackle avoidable deaths of premature babies from neonatal respiratory distress syndrome due to lack of immediate access to complex medical equipment.
  • The award received will help in upscaling this device across Commonwealth countries, for use in similar conditions in regions like Africa.

About 'Saans':

  • It is a breathing support device used for tackling avoidable deaths of premature babies from Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS).
  • It is world's 1st neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device.
  • It can be powered in multiple ways via direct source electricity, like with help of vehicle's electrical supply, rechargeable battery, compressed gas or even a manual air pumping.
  • It is a low-cost device, at least 3 times cheaper than any other such machine.

Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards:

  • The awards seek to celebrate and support impactful innovations and forward-looking solutions that help Commonwealth countries achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the same time advancing values in Commonwealth Charter.

Question:

Q. What is the name of the Indian engineer who has won 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Award?
a. Nilesh Kumar Jangir
b. Nitesh Kumar Jangir
c. Nimesh Kumar Jangir
d. Naresh Kumar Jangir
Indian engineer wins Innovation for Sustainable Development Award Indian engineer wins Innovation for Sustainable Development Award Reviewed by Neha on June 22, 2019 Rating: 5

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