The Justmilk Device
There is an unmet need for new drug delivery systems for infants in low- and middle-income developing countries. 2.9 million babies die each year within the first month after birth, with the risk of death highest during the initial hours and days of an infant's life. Many of these deaths are easily preventable by early administration of medications or nutrients. The JustMilk device will provide a unique, user-informed solution to this challenge. A wide range of active pharmaceutical ingredients could be delivered to infants using the device, such as antibiotics, antimalarials, antiretrovirals, vitamins, nutrients, and probiotics.
JustMilk is a project dedicated to improving maternal and infant health through developing top quality, user-informed medical devices and supporting projects focused on empowering women worldwide. We believe that the true power of development lies in the end-user, and we maintain an unrelenting philosophy of co-creation in all aspects of our work. JustMilk aims to partner with pharmaceutical companies, NGOs, and communities to develop medical technologies and community projects to combat infant mortality from many directions, leading to a brighter future for children and mothers in all regions of the world.
- 2008: Idea conceived at International Development Design Summit at MIT.
- 2009: Gates Foundation Grant Challenge Exploration Grant
- 2010: Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Award
- 2010: Beginning of collaboration with UC Berkeley School of Public Health
- 2013: Creation of 501(c)(3) nonprofit in California, USA
- 2013: Saving Lives at Birth Seed Grant
- 2014: Began work with the University of Venda, Limpopo, SA. 44 community members were officially interviewed, as well as many informal interviews
- 2015: Three more prototypes produced for testing
- 2015: Financial support from International Development Innovation Network
- March, 2016: JustMilk won Pitch@Palace