Solarkiosk’s solar powered solution for the fight against COVID-19​

Solarkiosk's solar powered solution for the fight against COVID-19

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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 ResearchUNITAR, to support African 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 solutions in rural areas.

Solarkiosk's solar powered 3 ring approach to fight COVID 19

As a part of this initiative, Solarkiosk has developed a solar powered three ring concept, with a range from screening in rural off-grid communities all the way to efficient medical treatment of patients, regardless of where the intervention is needed.

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Solarkiosk's solar powered infrastructure solution

E HUBB infastructure solution as a PCR lab

The E-HUBB, Solarkiosk´s award winning solar powered “kit-of-parts” and multifunctional infrastructure solution can be turned into a medical testing and treatment laboratory. This lab can be rapidly deployed within a few days and has autonomous power supply, thanks to its solar technology.

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The Solarkiosk solar system powers all appliances in the lab, including state-of-the-art storage with long life LiFePO4 batteries for night-time usage and our hybrid solar inverter & battery charging systems.

medical health workers solar powered bag pack Solarkiosk has designed a medical back pack with equipment tailored for the needs of health care workers / rapid response teams, in particular testing and screening of the general population in rural off-grid areas. This back pack includes the following items:
  • CE certified COVID-19 IgG/IgM rapid antibody test
  • Solar panels
  • Solego Solar System (including battery) for continuous solar power
  • LED ceiling lamps
  • LED head lamps
  • Mobile phone chargers
  • Oxygen measurement Glucose measurement device
  • Etc.
With this back pack, health care workers are now able to monitor patients, stay connected and send reports via Phones / tablets. Most importantly, thanks to solar lamps and headlights and they can treat and monitor patients even during evening and night time hours. Next step: Community members that are suspected to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, are referred to PCR laboratories for a verification of the test results and further processing.

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The lateral flow CLINITEST® Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test, * distributed by Solarkiosk in partnership with the main distributor Siemens Healthineers, is visually read and easy to use, with results in just 15 minutes. No specialized laboratory personnel or equipment are required—the test can be administered anywhere, anytime by trained professionals. When used as part of a comprehensive strategy, the CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test can help communities get ahead of the spread.

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2.nd ring: molecular testing

solar powered PCR equipment Following the recommendations of the WHO, Solarkiosk and its partners have developed a testing lab, consisting of the COv2T Serology Algorithm that combines the advantages of antibody testing with a PCR DNA / RNA test. This solution – according to the expertise of our medical partners – represents the fastest and most secure way to receive precise test results PCR test versus IGM rapid COVID test In the lab we are using the CE certified Aria COVID-19 IgG/IgM, which is a rapid test that detects IgG & IgM anti-SARS-CoV-2 in blood samples in only 15 minutes. The lab uses CE certified Aria COVID-19 IgG/IgM test, which is a rapid test that detects IgG & IgM anti-SARS-CoV-2 in blood samples in only 15 minutes. To confirm positive results from the anti-body testing, a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, using the Siemens Healthineers KPCR AMP / DETECT INSTRUMENT (QS5) Quantstudio 5, can reliably confirm the infection with the COVID virus. Other necessary medical lab equipment, such as Centrifuges, Vortex, PCR hood, microbiological safety cabinets are also included as essential parts of a fully equipped turn key laboratory. Next step: Confirmed COVID-19 cases will be quarantine or referred to the next available hospital / clinic.
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test equipment

ventlogic When diseases, such as e.g. COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases causing a patient’s lung to fail, medical ventilators are used in hospitals worldwide, taking over the body’s breathing process of patients by the means of mechanical ventilation. Solarkiosk has integrated a solar power system with the state of the art “made in Germany” medical ventilation equipment. With this solution developed by Solarkiosk, Löwenstein medical and BOS AG ,  governments, clinics and hospitals in developing countries can for the first time treat patients with respiratory diseases even in communities of semi-urban and rural areas, who would not have the chance for treatment otherwise. Next step: Recovering Patients are submitted to a series of tests in a clinical lab, with the purpose to track their recovery process prior to their release.
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Artificial ventilation of severe COVID cases

3.rd ring: tracking

solar powered clinic mock up In order to be able to track the recovery of patients in a hospital or clinic, we have developed a solar power integrated laboratory, that is equipped with state of the art laboratory diagnostics, molecular medicine and digital health appliances, supplied by the German leading medical technology company Siemens Healthineers. The lab is able to test for COVID-19 through the PCR analyzer, but also for a number of other conditions through:
  • End-to-end blood gas solution for quality and blood integrity checks
  • Haematology system offering fast, high-quality complete blood count testing
  • Integrated chemistry system and immunoassay testing including critical cardiac assays and our automated-pre-treatment immunosuppressive drug assays
Next step: Upon recovery the patient is released
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COVID hospital / clinic

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Solar power system

COVID 19 rapid test

IgM / IgG rapid COVID (antibody) test

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Solar powered clinical laboratory

Many countries still lack of adequate cold storage infrastructure to properly store their COVID-19 vaccines at the required temperatures. According to AP news, vaccine (cold) storage issues could leave 3 billion people without access to the much-needed vaccinations. The POWERING HEALTH CARE initiative by Sustainable Energy for All claims that “in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, it is estimated that only 28% of health facilities have access to reliable electricity”.
Having this cold storage capacity available will be crucial in governments’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. For this reason, Solarkiosk Solutions GmbH has launched its latest product, the solar powered vaccination storage fridge.

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