Currently, 4.5 million babies under the age of one die each year in low resource countries, with 2.6 million deaths occurring within a month of birth. Yet, many of these deaths could be prevented through the proper administration of medications and nutrients formulated for infants.
The delivery of medicines to babies in low resource areas has been hindered due to supply chain challenges, poor health education and a lack of hygiene and accurate dosing in currently used delivery methods. Pharmaceutical companies have not focused on babies in their clinical studies thus far, and as a result much less is known about the effect of medicines on infants.
The Justmilk Device
JustMilk has the potential to change all of this with the development of a simple and novel device which empowers mothers to non-invasively deliver medicines to their babies through breast milk. This device is based on pre-existing technology, the results of studies into the response of breastfeeding babies, and carefully developed formulations of medicines.
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