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Road Safety

Portfolio managed by Kelly Phouyaphone

Road Traffic injuries (RTIs) claim more than 1.2 million lives annually and are the number one killer of 15-29 year olds worldwide, killing 500 children daily.  The scale of the problem will continue to grow as urbanization accelerates. HGHI collaborates with the Save Life Foundation, an Indian on-profit, on raising awareness and building coalitions to address this challenge, for example via the 2018 Road Safety For All Symposium

In fall 2019, HGHI also served as the client in the Harvard class ES 96, Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project, bringing in the Save Life Foundation and road traffic injuries as a problem for students to tackle in this product design class. Being asked to solve a real world global health problem, students explain in this video, helped them understand the complexities of designing products for a very specific, unfamiliar, and challenging context. They decided to develop a drowsiness detection device that monitors a driver’s vital signs via a novel mechanism, which Save Life is ready to support financially and logistically for testing in Indian trucks.

A highlight for us at HGHI was that next to working directly with students, we could bring in one of our summer interns, Maxwell Ho, who had spent the summer at Save Life in India to provide important information and cultural context. Two students from the class are now applying for funding to make further development of the device their senior project.