Solarkiosk's (solar powered) solution for the fight against COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa would become the next epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The virus is spreading away from the capital cities to the most vulnerable last mile communities.
Most developing nations remain ill-equipped to follow these processes. Some are even without the diagnostic capacity for rapid testing for the virus. The scarcity of resources, including personnel, equipment, such as COVID test, PCR equipment, test centers, and equipment for treatment (such as medical ventilators).
Solarkiosk has recently entered into a Public-Private Partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR, to support Ministries of Health with relevant and efficient medical solutions to help them in their efforts to fight COVID-19.
This multi-sectoral, multi-partner collaboration has been designed to rapidly deploy and implement feasible (solar powered) COVID-19 products and solutions, also in rural areas.
Solarkiosk, alongside its partners, has put all its effort in supporting governments and nations with comprehensive and complementarity products and solutions to become a one-stop-supplier in all response areas that are relevant in the fight against COVID-19:
Vaccination, as a way of COVID-19 infection prevention, is one of the most demonstrably effective and cost effective public health interventions that there is. In order to be successful in the fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic, > 75% of the world’s population has to be vaccinated. To put this in perspective, 75% of immunization is a higher rate compared to the achievement in some developing countries for common diseases like measles or polio!
Several different types of potential vaccines for COVID-19 are on the market or in development, including:
- Inactivated or weakened virus vaccines
- Protein-based vaccines
- Viral vector vaccines
- RNA and DNA vaccines
A big operational and infrastructural challenge, in order to achieve this goal, COVID-19 vaccines have to be transported and stored in a certain temperature-controlled environment (when vaccines are not stored correctly, they stop working effectively.
Many professional involved in the fight against the COVID-19 spread, are looking for effective methods for the rapid detection of infected patients, to diagnose and contain the spread of coronavirus, testing is critical so quarantine and treatment measurements can be implemented on the infected patients. There are different types of Covid-19 tests available on the market today:
- Molecular tests (also called PCR tests)
- Antigen tests
- Antibody tests (also called serologic testing)
Solarkiosk is offering and has developed products and solutions to enable the detection of a COVID-19 infection:
- Rapid Antigen CLINITEST COVID 19 Tests made by Siemens-Healthineers
- Siemens-Healthineers FTD™ SARS-CoV-2 PCR reagents and consumables
- Solar powered molecular virology testing turnkey preconfigured ab for COVID-19, HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis, etc. and (solar powered) PCR test lines including reagents and consumables
- Solar powered COVID-19 vaccination and test center
- Solar powered medical backpacks for mobile health care teams
The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe heavily. These liquid particles are different sizes, ranging from larger ‘respiratory droplets’ to smaller ‘aerosols’. Usage of available products in the market is recommended to avoid the contagion with the COVID virus, such as:
- Face masks
- Hand sanitizer
Although the development of vaccines against the new coronavirus is proceeding at an unprecedented pace, hopes are also pinned on finding medicines to treat those already infected.
- Most people – around 80% – have an asymptomatic or mild infection which can be treated at home. Solarkiosk is now offering AVIFAVIR®, the first effective, registered drug for COVID‐19 treatment with the aim of treatment is to manage and reduce symptoms until a patient has recovered.
- Some patients who become more severely unwell are admitted to hospital where they often need breathing and other organ support in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Solarkiosk is offering solar powered medical ventilators for the treatment of patients.