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Supporting Low-cost Intervention For disEase control

Objective

In developing countries, most of the 11 million deaths per year of children under the age five years occur in areas where adequate medical care is not available. In Malawi the under-five mortality rate is 133 per 1,000 live births. First-level health facilities - the closest health care services available to most sick children in developing countries are generally run by local medical physicians.

The WHO and UNICEF developed the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) as a strategy to improve childhood survival and disease control. The IMCI strategy uses simple signs and symptoms to assess and classify illness, thus allowing health workers at first-level facilities to identify which children have minor illnesses that need symptomatic treatment.

Our proposal addresses the objectives of this call by assisting health care workers through the utilisation of established technologies to circumvent the absence of health infrastructures. It achieves this by utilising the cellular network, patient sensor technologies and decision support systems.

Proposed is the Supporting Low-cost Intervention For disEase control (Supporting LIFE) project. It is designed to run in rural settings as a platform for delivering community level interventions to improve and manage disease control. This project has a target age group of children under the age of 5 years.

Supporting LIFE targets disease control in a multi-target intervention. It helps to ensure accurate diagnosis for those most affected by malaria/infantile diarrhoea (children under 5 years) and helps to ensure accurate and prompt treatment thus providing accurate real time disease statistics in an area by monitoring symptom trends (e.g. fever/diarrhoea) centrally. It targets other common disease entities which are major causes of morbidity and mortality such as pneumonia thereby increasing its utility. It reduces barriers to care by providing expert systems at low cost to people at their closest point of contact.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 512 317,60
Administrative Contact
Scott Wheatley (Mr.)

Participants (9)

MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 296 711
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ann-Cristin Ohlsson (Mrs.)
LUKE INTERNATIONAL NORWAY FORENING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 229 493
Address
Skarphagaveien 81A
3163 Notteroy
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joseph Wu (Dr.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 158 190
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Pialek (Ms.)
THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE UNGWERU
Malawi
EU contribution
€ 39 958
Address
Luwinga
Mzuzu
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Dominic Nyirongo (Mr.)
MZUZU UNIVERSITY
Malawi
EU contribution
€ 75 653
Address
Private Bag 201 Luwinga
2 Mzuzu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yonamu Ngwira (Mr.)
ACCELOPMENT SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 212 332,80
Address
Seefeldstrasse 198
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeanette Müller (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
United States
EU contribution
€ 704 592
Address
Brooklyn Avenue Ne 4333
98195 9472 Seattle Wa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lynette Arias
PINGTUNG CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL
Taiwan
Address
60 Da-lien Road
90059 Pingtung City
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hsin-Yi Lee (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 605 836,60
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O Connell (Dr.)