June 5, 2017 |

Global Design Challenge: Help make a lifesaving device

PATH and Autodesk Foundation seek designs for device that delivers lifesaving medicine to babies, children, and adults.
Two women seated side by side hold four infants in swaddling.
Help us complete the design of a device that will deliver lifesaving medicine to babies, children, and adults in places with no electricity. Photo: PATH/Georgina Goodwin.

PATH and the Autodesk Foundation are reaching out to people around the world to help design a lifesaving device: the RELI Delivery System (which stands for Reusable Electricity-free Low-cost Infusion pump). The challenge: to complete the design of this low-cost infusion pump, which will deliver medicines, fluids, and nutrition intravenously to newborns and adults in some of the world’s most remote settings.

Anyone can participate. Join the PATH Global Design Challenge now!

Ensuring that high-quality health care is available to everyone requires access to appropriate medical equipment. In the world’s most challenging places, this access is severely limited. The cost of equipment, unreliable power supply, and a shortage of trained medical professionals are some of the limiting factors, highlighting the need for innovative designs to address these barriers.

The Global Design Challenge will crowdsource design ideas for the ergonomics and aesthetics of this lifesaving infusion pump.

Mike Eisenstein with the RELI Delivery System in PATH's shop.
PATH’s Mike Eisenstein with the RELI Delivery System. The device requires no electricity and operates pneumatically using an ordinary bike pump. A few minutes of pumping allows the device to deliver lifesaving medications intravenously for hours. Photo: PATH/Tracy Romoser.

Why great design matters

With the interior functionality of the device now complete, Autodesk and PATH are turning to the global community for ideas on the shape and materials of the exterior shell as well as the design and placement of visual displays, components, and interactive parts.

“The goal of our work at PATH is to get to impact. We look for great ideas that can lead to appropriate, sustainable products that can be used around the globe. The Global Design Challenge provides a forum for people to share these great ideas,” said Mike Eisenstein, PATH’s Product Development shop manager.

Rooted in tech, PATH accelerates innovations that improve health, especially for women and children in low-resource settings. PATH’s engineers use Autodesk tools in collaboration with stakeholders around the world to design and make products that are efficient, inexpensive, and designed specifically for the context in which they will be used.

Contribute your design idea for the RELI Delivery System and help create a lifesaving new tool that will bring health within reach for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Visit Autode.sk/PATHchallenge.

Autodesk is not responsible for the operation or rules of the PATH Design Challenge. No prizes will be provided.

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  • Diego Tamburini is the design and manufacturing industry strategist for Autodesk.