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It was a bizarre report from WHO about ‘the burden of unsafe injections worldwide’that inspired Bharati Rathore, to dedicate a decade to invent a greener, safer, cheapest and user-friendlier ergonomic drug delivery method.
Across the world, people underestimate how little things can grow and lead to hazardous diseases and situations. Something so common and inevitable like infected injection syringes has taken lives of millions of people in the world. According to WHO’s report ‘the burden of unsafe injections worldwide’ published in 2004 revealed that only in 2002, up to 70% injections were being given by reused syringes in developing world, causing 1.3 million deaths, loss of 26 million years of life worldwide and estimated increased medical costs $1 billion alone in USA annually and how these syringes have triggered diseases like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, gonorrhea, typhus, herpes, malaria, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, syphilis, and tuberculosis as well as other communicable diseases.
This report led to an innovative invention that promises to save lives of many. The innovators took it as a challenge, and dedicated more than a decade to put their recourses and developed cheaper, safer, greener, more eï¬ƒcient, ergonomic drug delivery method and device which is compatible with WHO’s guidelines to prevent needle-stick injuries & needle-reuse and decreases 70-75% hazardous medical waste.
Bharati Rathore’s innovation consists of a ‘reusable injector’ and a safely disposable ‘drug cartridge’ which contains the pre-fixed dosage of the injectable drug between the piston-head and retractable needle. None of the two parts is syringe as such, but they constitute self-retractable safety syringe when brought together and operates like an ordinary syringe.
After injecting the drug the needle retracts automatically within the empty cartridge. Thereafter it can be safely disposed of. The injector is safe and reusable. It eliminates the need of syringe ensuring that no Needle-Stick Injury (NSI) takes place and saves 70-75% raw material & generates a minimum amount of non-hazardous medical waste. During dark hours The LED feature illuminates injection site which facilitates injecting the drug. It also provides a green and safe substitute to non-reusable syringes.
The invention has been recognized by various organizations. It has been listed on TOP 4th worldwide amongst ‘Top 10 Future Medical Technologies in 2020’.
It was ranked in Top 2nd worldwide among 225 projects/inventions by receiving more than 32000 popular votes at ‘YouForG20: Project of an Interconnected World’, an initiative by Deutschland on the occasion of G-20 Summit 2017 at Hamburg. Also, it was globally selected among few inventions in the first stage of ‘The First Mile Innovation Challenge’ organized by The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) of Massachusetts General Hospital in association with GE Sustainable Healthcare Solutions. It has also received ‘BIRAC-SRISTI Appreciation Award-2017’ by ‘Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institution’ (SRISTI) and ‘Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council’ (BIRAC) under Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.
Understanding the need of the moment the innovators voluntarily offered a free of cost license to WHO, UNICEF and RED-CROSS to use their invention globally for the welfare of the public at large, so that it may ultimately benefit and reach the end-users in urgent need.