Young Jamaican’s invention could help tackle the spread of viruses like COVID-19April 3rd, 2020
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland writes about meeting inspirational young health innovator Rayvon Stewart at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) in Geneva last year in this blog.
Rayvon was among the finalists shortlisted for last year’s Commonwealth Health Innovation Awards.
Five years ago more than 40 babies born in Jamaican hospitals became infected with lethal bacteria – half of them died.
The bacteria Klebsiella, like the coronavirus, is spread from person-to-person or via contaminated surfaces. It can be killed by thorough hand-washing with warm soapy water.
The situation caught the attention of technology student Rayvon Stewart based in Jamaica who set about finding a way to curb the spread of harmful germs.
Credit: The Commonwealth