Jaundice caused by hyperbilirubinemia affects sixty percent of all newborns worldwide, and a higher percentage in Asia. Of these jaundiced newborns, an estimated ten percent will develop permanent, long-term disabilities and even brain damage without treatment. Phototherapy is the only cost-effective treatment for this condition.
Firefly phototherapy is the first device that Vietnamese clinicians trust to use in the room with mothers in rural hospitals--a context that supports an optimal cycle of newborn phototherapy and feeding for rapid and effective treatment. The combination top and bottom phototherapy, robust enclosed housings, table-top size, removable and cleanable single-infant bassinet, and high-tech medical aesthetic make it the most trustworthy, intuitive and effective phototherapy device affordable for low-resource, remote settings in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Design that Matters (DtM), a non-profit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, forms cooperative partnerships with organizations in developing countries to co-create world class products, enabling them to offer improved services and scale. A trail-blazer in creating designs for social impact, DtM has built a state-of-the-art open and collaborative design process through which hundreds of volunteer and reduced-rate collaborators in academia and industry donate their expertise and resources to the creation of breakthrough products for communities in need. Our deep commitment to social impact compels us to partner with organizations that have extensive local community connections and proven ability to make and distribute solutions with systemic effects. Over the past decade, with the help of over 850 collaborators, DtM has transformed each of our partner organizations through the launch of products that improve the quality of life for beneficiaries in Africa and Asia, and has inspired countl