Indian engineer wins Innovation for Sustainable Development Award

Published on June 22, 2019
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

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